St. Nicholas Day

December 7, 2010

(A Day Late)

When my sister and I were growing up, our stockings hanging over the mantel would be empty on Christmas morning.  This is because we celebrated the stocking portion on 12.6.  We would hang our Christmas stockings on the outside of our bedroom doors before we went to sleep on 12.5.  In the morning, we would wake up to find them filled with an apple, an orange, some sort of nuts- usually walnuts, sweets, and usually a "stocking stuffer" item.  After reading up on St. Nicholas Day, I found out that European countries celebrate this holiday differently.  It seems that our celebration most closly resembles the German holiday (makes sense, my heritage is German).  I'm happy to say that we never found coal in our stockings :)


BigAppleNosh said...

Really interesting! Are you going to carry this tradition on in the future with your kids?

e.louise said...

Yes! I think we plan on doing this with our kiddos one day too :) said...

ohh ive never heard of this before, but it sounds like a good holiday to celebrate! and it's awesome you never got coal in your stocking, haha!

i just finished mockingjay and the other two hunger games books this past week- let me know what you thought! catching fire was my fave.