St. Nicholas Day - December 6. "Three pairs of wooden shoes...notice the delicate carving marks.... beautiful ribbons of gingham....simple gifts....oranges represent the sweetness of our spirits, golden coins represent giving to each other. A new ornament in memory of this year's celebration sits in each child's shoe. A large pine cone to roll in peanut butter and seed...for the birds." Pinned by www.mygrowingtraditions.com
What a great tradition to start.... Have family put money in mason jar throughout year. At Christmas time, choose someone to bless (anonymously). On Christmas eve, deliver by Ring and Run. Must read the book "The Christmas Jar" it explains how it all started.
In Sweden, it's not Saint Nick that kids are waiting for but Saint Lucia, the patron saint of light. The celebration begins with St. Lucia's Day on December 13, when the eldest daughter wakes early, puts on a white gown and serves her parents breakfast. In some places, there are also candlelight processions on Christmas Eve.
A Christmas Tradition Serving Others. My favorite memory was an older man working at a gas station. When we told him we didn’t want gas but instead had a little gift for him, he teared up and said, “No way, man! No way!”