December 6th…just another day. In our house it is a special day – St. Nicholas Day. In the Greek tradition, St. Nicholas was the only child of wealthy parents. He was born around 280 A.D.When his parents died of the plague, Nicholas inherited their wealth. He was generous.
There are many stories about St. Nicholas and then can be easily searched on the web. One common story is that he would go around leaving gifts for children in their shoes. Many people leave their shoes out for St. Nicholas on his feast day. I am one of them.
Before going to bed on December 5th, I make I have at least one pair of footwear in a place that St. Nicholas can’t miss. I anxiously look at my shoes the next morning to see if St. Nick came. In 35 years I have not been disappointed.
For the first few years that we were married, St. Nicholas brought us (yes, Kathy leaves shoes out as well) one new ornament each for our tree. As a result many or our decorations have a special meaning.
Back to this year. When I looked at my shoes, this is what I saw:
Yes! I was a good little boy and St. Nicholas did stop.
Of course I had to open the present to see what St. Nicholas left.
St. Nicholas knows I enjoy puzzle books and that I enjoy cooking and baking. I already found something I have to try.
Of course Kathy had to check out her shoes as well. Here is what St. Nicholas left for her.
If you press his foot he plays “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
I will continue to put my shoes out for St. Nicholas every year in the hopes that there will be a little something in them when I wake up. Happy St. Nicholas Day (a little late) to all.