A family's story


Happy St. Nicholas Day!! I grew up celebrating the true St. Nicholas Day on December 6. We would put our shoes out on the night of December 5, and if we were good, St. Nick left us some goodies. Apparently this is not a widespread celebration. Who knew?!

I looked it up on Wikipedia so that I could share some of the details with my religious ed class tonight. I found out that in the US it is more regional…and more of a German celebration. That makes sense, as my mom was predominantly German in heritage….

I have continued this tradition with my children. In our case, if they’ve been good, St. Nicholas brings an ornament for the tree, and a few sweet treats.

This year, Jake got an ornament from the movie UP. It’s the kid with the old man, and the kid is showing off his badges. Jake is a cub scout, so I thought it was appropriate. Cole got Space Mickey from one of his favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episodes. Hubz got a voice-recordable family ornament…it will be fun to preserve the kids’ voices!

I, er, St. Nick really, really struggled to find the perfect ornament for Tate. What would be appropriate? He ended up getting a snowman playing baseball. This past summer Tate played ball…so it kind of pertained to his life. This morning he could have cared less. As his brothers got excited about their ornaments, Tate just played Angry Birds on my phone. I tried to engage him, but he told me it was stinky…and then I was stinky.

All of the new ornaments adorn our tree. Cole has gone over to admire them a few times. Sometimes I wish Tate would…but he seems to become interested in the ornaments as we put them away in January. Go figure…

Hopefully he’ll get into them at some point…and if not, it’s fun to talk about in years to come.


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