Sometimes it’s hard to believe that Santa Claus was really St. Nicholas a patron saint of the Catholic Church. We believe it’s important to remind kids of this during the Advent season and on Christmas. While it’s great for them to be excited about presents, reindeer, and Christmas cookies, it wouldn’t hurt to offer a little bit of St. Nicholas history would it?
St. Nicholas was a Bishop (in Myra) a long time ago during the fourth century. He is known as the patron saint of children and his feast day is on December 6th. Nicholas was known for the help he provided to those who needed it most dearly. This could potentially be a topic of conversation with your children while you do the fun St. Nicholas craft we discuss below. St. Nicholas was all about helping those in need secretly and not wanting credit for what he did. This is a valuable message to take in.
We found a cool craft on Pinterest in which you turn Santa into St. Nicholas! You can teach your kids the differences between how people view Santa and how they view St. Nicholas while you do this craft.
Heads up, you’ll need candy. We know, what a tragedy! Foil covered Santas work best according to the original instructions, which we will link to below. You’ll only need chenille stems or pipe cleaners, some card stock, scissors, stapler, and glue. Basically, you’ll be giving the Santa candies a bishop’s hat (mitre) and bishop’s staff (crosier). This is a good chance to explain what these are to young Catholics!
As you can see in the image, this is a fun and easy way to explain St. Nicholas to young Catholics. We could all use an excuse to eat some candy and have fun crafting with our kids, right?