Growing up, my brothers and I always hung our “stockings with care” the night of December 5th rather than on Christmas Eve. The next morning we’d celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas and discover small trinkets in our stockings as my mom’s German heritage dictated. I’ve enjoyed carrying on this tradition with my own family.
But this year St. Nick is actually coming this evening, and the girls will have to wait until Sunday morning to rummage through their stockings. Daddy has to work all day today, so we asked St. Nick if he could come to our home later so we could all share in the festivities. (He happens to be a very obliging fellow, thank goodness.)
Another annual tradition I’ve started with my kids is asking St. Nicholas to give them each a pair of Christmas PJs in their stockings to wear throughout the Advent and Christmas season. I’m keeping all these pajama sets, and one day I plan on using them to make a Christmas blanket for each child. Hopefully, I’ll learn to sew by then. If not, Gaba (my super talented seamstress mom) has offered to assist her sewing-challenged daughter.
Does St. Nicholas pay a visit to anyone else’s houses on his feast day rather than on Christmas? What other Christmas traditions does your family honor each year?