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Saint Nicholas Day December 6, 2009

Posted by hollyspinner in Advent Calendar 2009, holiday.
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Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows; who shares his joys with those who are sad; whose hand is never closed against the needy; whose arm is ever outstretched to aid the week; whose sympathy is quick and genuine in time of trouble; who recognizes a comrade and brother in every man he meets upon life’s common road; who lives his life throughout the entire year in the Christmas spirit.

EDWIN OSGOOD GROVER, Vicki Howard’s The Book of Santa Claus

Five Fabulous things about Saint Nicholas

1. He comes in so many styles and nationalities.

2. He brings toys to good girls and boys.

3. He puts candy in shoes.

4. There are so many awesome songs about him. (My personal favorite is Little Saint Nick done by the Muppets)

5. There are so many good stories about him.

Saint Nicholas Fun Facts

  • Prior to the 16th century people exchanged gifts during the feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6.
  • Saint Nicholas was a Turkish bishop who lived in the town of Myra in the fourth century.
  • The Dutch translation of Saint Nicholas is Sinter Klaas.
  • The first American descriptive drawing of Santa Claus was drawn by Washington Irving for the History of New York in 1809.
  • In some countries Saint Nicholas visits children on the night of December 5th to find wish lists and carrots and hay for his horse or donkey.
  • Saint Nicholas leaves candy, cookies and small gifts in the shoes of children around the world.  These treats are meant to be shared.

Make

Santa’s clothesline (felt ornaments in the shape of Santa’s clothes)

Handprint Santa

Santa from a coffee creamer container

Reindeer treat holder (that would be a people treat holder shaped like a reindeer

Light bulb Santa

Santa and Reindeer paper bag puppets

Do

Follow Santa as NORAD (yep, that would be the North American Aerospace Defense Command) tracks him across the sky

Make a wish list – you can do this online or with good old pen and paper.

Be a saint yourself by doing a random act of kindness – here are some ideas

Bake

Saint Nicholas Cookies

View

Photos by Dogfael, and CarbonNYC
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