Holiday Traditions

12.06.2012

St. Nicholas Day.

A day steeped in tradition here in Wisconsin.

According to an article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted at St. Nicholas Center.org, legend has it that he took pity on a poor man who was about to abandon his daughters to prostitution. The story goes that he left trinkets for the man in his chimney. From this came the custom of secret gifts on the eve of the feast day {December 6th} celebrating St. Nicholas.

Tradition here calls for us to put out our stockings {or for some, shoes} on the night of the 5th, in hopes that St. Nicholas will visit and leave some small gifts.

My kids were so eager to see what St. Nick brought them today,  that they set their alarms to wake them up!
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snow paint {they all got some in their favorite colors} and a kickball!

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an ornament each year. this year, an angry bird!

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a new soft football!

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a silly Brewers gnome ornament

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glittery polish and a green owl {favorite color and 2nd favorite animal}- she also got a necklace with a gymnast charm

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can’t forget the puppy! he got a puppy ornament…

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…and then we let him dig out the remaining contents himself.

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he pulled the bacon flavored nylabone out and didn’t even look at the other stuff {nasty pig ears and whatnot}. he was in hog heaven!

Happy Saint Nicholas Day, y’all!

 

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