Today at The Catholic Gift Shop, we were reminiscing about a really fun day during Advent. To be a bit more specific, we were talking about Saint Nicholas Day! Saint Nicholas Day is on December 6th, his feast day. With the Advent season upon us, we’ve already begun to see the Santa Claus versions of St. Nicholas all over. Don’t forget that he’s a saint and was a bishop too! There’s a fun tradition associated with Saint Nicholas Day that parents can use as an opportunity to make their children smile and also to teach them about a patron saint of the Catholic Church.
Our fond memories of Saint Nicholas Day were spurred by the fun tradition that goes along with it. On the night before Saint Nicholas Day, December 5th, kids are supposed to leave their shoes out. In the morning they’ll wake up to find some goodies in their shoes! Parents can get really creative with the type of goodies they want to put in the shoes. Lacy from Catholic Icing had some pretty cools ideas that you can see in the featured image. Chocolate golden coins seem to be a mainstay, and you can’t go wrong with candy canes either. Maybe throw in a prayer card of St. Nicholas? Just a thought.
Any saint’s feast day is a great opportunity to discuss the saint and their life with your kids. Saint Nicholas Day particularly fits this model because of the tradition of treats associated with it. Treats get kids excited, try to ride that energy and get them excited about Saint Nicholas and his life too!