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Carrying on the long-standing St. Nick tradition

10:07 AM, Dec. 3, 2012  |  Comments
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Just when you think you've checked off everything you need for Christmas stockings and presents under the tree, another gift-giving opportunity comes along.

Maybe opportunity isn't the right word. Maybe it's more of a gift-giving crisis for some.

St. Nick comes Wednesday night. Are you ready?

Your kids certainly will be. They will wake up Thursday morning with expectations of treats, trinkets and treasures in their stocking or shoe. The goodies they receive will become the conversation with classmates that day.

According to custom, Nicholas was born during the third century in the village of Patara in what is now Turkey, according to www.stnicholas center.org. His wealthy parents died in an epidemic while Nicholas was young, and he used his inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering.

St. Nicholas, who was known for his generosity, died on Dec. 6, which is the date designated by the church as his feast day.

Widely celebrated in Europe and in parts of the United States, especially here in the Midwest, St. Nicholas' feast day keeps alive the stories of his goodness. Dec. 6 is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint's horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts. In the United States, shoes or stockings are left out Dec. 5 and filled during the night.

According to the legend of St. Nick, he rescued women from being sold into slavery by tossing gold coins through windows, which are said to have landed in stockings left to dry by the fire. The gold he threw is symbolized by oranges.

Whatever St. Nick's origins, he is remembered fondly by children today.

Just don't you forget.

- Julie Gilkay: 920-993-1000, ext. 319, or jgilkay@postcrescent.com. Follow her blog at postcrescent.com/MomToMomBlog.

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