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.