December 6th is Saint Nicholas Day. Here in the US this isn’t a day that is typically celebrated in the main stream, but in our home it’s become one of our favorite celebrations.
Needle felted St. Nicholas figure from Heart Felt Passion
Saint Nicholas is celebrated for his giving spirit and to commemorate his day my children and I spend it preparing gifts for our neighbors and delivering them in secrecy.
Last year we packed festive tins full of our handmade goodies; bird seed cakes, paper ornaments, star lanterns (mama made), mini loaves of sweet bread and yummy cookies. Then, when it began to get dark, we took one to each of our nearest neighbors, ringing the bell and running away. My girls were so delighted by this secret giving!
Our gifts were simply small surprises to make our neighbors smile, but another good way to give on this day would be to encourage your children to go through their toys and choose some to pass along to other children. What other ways of giving could your children contribute to?
For more ideas on celebrating St. Nicholas day check out this page from the St. Nicholas Center. And if you already celebrate I’d love to hear some of your family’s traditions.
Julie Hunter is a wife and mama, raising 3 spirited girls, two babydoll sheep, angora rabbits and a gaggle of chickens and ducks in the North Carolina Foothills. She spends her days at home, crafting with her children, homeschooling, taking long gathering walks in the woods and knitting Waldorf-inspired toys. You can find her blogging and keeping shop at This Cosy Life.