One December Tradition


Traditions are nice.  It gives us something to look forward to each year.  One tradition Kathy and I have started 36 years ago, the first year we were married and we have kept it up every year since.  It always happens on this day, December 6.  It is St. Nicholas Day.

St. Nicholas was a bishop who lived during the fourth century in Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey).  He was a very wealthy man because his parents died while he was still young leaving him lots of money.

There are many stories about the generosity of St. Nicholas and they can be found just by doing a google search.  The one thing they all have in common is that he left money for poor children.

St. Nicholas is a major saint in Eastern Rite religions.  Being Byzantine I fit into this category.  For years children in European countries would leave their shoes out on the eve of St. Nicholas’s feast day in hopes that he would leave them something during the night.

Here is an image of St. Nicholas.


As I have said, Kathy and I have been leaving our shoes out over night for 36 years hoping for something from St. Nicholas.  We have never been disappointed.  In the early years of our marriage St. Nick would usually leave each of us a new ornament for our tree.  As the tree filled we would then get other things such as puzzle books, candy, gift casrds. etc.

As you can see, Kathy left her shoes out last night.


Of course, Ned had to check them out out.


Lo and behold, this morning we see that St. Nicholas came.


Wishing you a happy St. Nicholas Day!  Hope you have some holiday traditions that you share with your family as well.



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13 responses to “One December Tradition

  1. As an Orthodox Christian, St. Nicholas is big for us, too. The kids at my church love the story and we hold a St nicholas Eve party every year. There is a traditional Slavic song and they’ve added a verse about Nicholas punching Arius in the nose! We call that Orthohumor.

  2. Our stockings were out last night. For us it helps to separate Santa from Jesus’ birthday. She knows that St. Nicholas was a real person and that to remember him we surprise each other with gifts on December 6th. Christmas is a birthday party, complete with cake, singing, and a candle – all without us giving any gifts. My husband and I have been at this for 13 years and just opened her 8th stocking. Looking forward to 36!

  3. Terje

    What a sweet and caring tradition.

  4. lindabaie

    This is so nice, and St. Nicholas even wrapped his gift, too! I love that you started this at the beginning of your marriage. Happy St. Nicholas Day!

  5. But where were your shoes? 🙂 What a special tradition you have! Happy St. Nick day!

  6. I love this tradition! Do share what St. Nick left you, Bob!

  7. All of my life, I have heard of St. Nicholas as an incarnation of Santa Claus of course. But never had I known of St. Nicholas Day and leaving out one’s shoes. It is such a charming tradition. I bet Ned wishes he had shoes to be in on this. Something else to add to the “Learn Something New” files, thank you.

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