Silly question, but when does St. Nicholas come to your home? Does he come the eve before his feast (Dec. 6), or the night of his feast? Just curious!
We use to celebrate in the evening when the children were smaller, but now we tend to celebrate in the morning, when we know everyone will be at home at the same time.
we celebrate that he comes on the 6th and when the kids wake up the shoes placed on the window sill are filled with treats
He comes dressed in his full bishop’s regalia to the kinder and pre-k classes in CCD each year, as his servant Peter fills the shoes put outside the classroom with goody bags. The good saint explains who he is, how he became a saint, and why he is the patron of children.
This is wonderful! What a great way to teach. I wish I could try this in my kindergarten class but it’s in a public school and I don’t think it would fly.
One of the girls in daughter’s ballet class had St. Nicholas visit her public school last year. File under multiculturalism, and exploring traditions from other countries.
I mean, if they can celebrate Diwali at whatevergirl’s kids’ school…
This is my first christmas as a Cathoilc, and I am so excitied to celebrate st nicholas on the sixth.
We put socks by the chimney on the evening of Dec. 5. When we wake up on the morning of December 6th, St. Nick has put a tangerine, peanuts and a candy cane in each sock. Miraculous…
All of our kids are grown now, but this is the way we celebrate at Church.
We have a big celebration. We have a parish dinner on the Feast of St. Nicholas. The kids put on a wonderful play, always lots of parental involvement with it. With lots of singing!
Then St. Nicholas comes to the community as we sing:
O Who Loves Nicholas the Saintly print version
http://www.stnicholascenter.org/stnic/images/corleone.jpg**O who loves Nicholas the saintly,
O who serves Nicholas the saintly, ***Him will Nicholas receive,
And give help in time of need:
Holy Father Nicholas!
He who dwells in God’s holy mansions,
Is our help on the land and oceans,
** [INDENT]*He will guard us from all ills,
Keep us pure and free from sins
Holy Father Nicholas! ***Holy Saint, hearken to our prayer,
Let not life drive us to despair,
** All our efforts shall not wane,
Singing praises to your name:
Holy Father Nicholas! (you can hear in on here, but is in Slavonic, we sing it in English.
[/INDENT]- yes he is dressed in our priest’s old vestments and has a crown of sorts like the bishops wear (as we are Byzantine Catholic) - so he is dressed as a bishop and not Santa. We sing ‘All who love Nicholas’- can’t remember the name. Then he gives the kids bags of gold coins (chocolate of course ). The adults get the leftover coin bags
Also, we have a big cake with an icon of St. Nicholas drawn on it decorated with the sugar sprinkles and such. In the cake is a quarter, whoever gets the quarter goes to Fr. Frank and then he gives them $5.00. So a good time is had by all!
Last year I got the quarter :rotfl:but I gave it to a little guy that was visiting our parish.