By Blogger Tracy Bua Smith
One of the joys of being a Catholic is the gift to celebrate so many wonderful feast days, especially during the month of December.
Not only does our family get to anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birth at the end of this month, but during Advent, we remember some of the lives of those that have been holy role models that have passed on our faith.
On December 6th we celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas, a favorite saint in our home.
Who is St. Nicholas? Find out more HERE.
If you would like to know more about St. Nicholas and the origin of Santa Claus, click HERE.
A great link for tons of great information about St. Nicholas, be sure to visit St. Nicholas Center (dot) org.
It is a tradition in many households to set out your shoes by the fireplace or door so that St. Nicholas will leave small treats in the shoes to represent how St. Nicholas long ago showed God’s love to others by leaving money for those in need. We have our shoes ready by our fireplace again this year. Here are our shoes from a few years back that were filled with chocolate gold coins and candy canes. The candy canes symbolize St. Nicholas’ staff that he carried as Bishop of Myra. This year, my children will receive this Playmobil St. Nick and Angel set that I found at Catholic Child and a new nativity from Catholic Child as well. They will also find their gold chocolate coins covered with pictures of St. Nicholas that I printed from Shower of Roses.
Last week our homeschool group got together to celebrate the giving spirit of St. Nicholas by assembling 25 Christmas bags for children who are in poor housing conditions or homeless. The students in our group stuffed the bags with packaged cookies and candy, pencils, religious Christmas stickers, and a small Nativity set. We also collected gently used coats to donate to children and adults who are in need of them this winter. Here are some pictures of our homeschool group honoring St. Nicholas’ giving spirit.
It is a blessing to be able to tell my children about St. Nicholas and focus on the sacredness of this joyous season vs. only knowing the secular side of Christmas, which is more about getting vs. giving.
the example of St Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do.
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St Nicholas, so that, like him,
we may serve you through loving
our brothers and sisters. Amen.
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Read more about Catholic family home life at Tracy Smith’s blog A Slice of Smith Life.