Celebrating St. Nicholas

December 7, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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Hello and Happy Monday, yesterday, December 6th was St. Nicholas day, a day set aside to remember and celebrate the man who became Saint Nicholas and eventually for so many Santa Claus. St. Nicholas Day is celebrated mainly in European countries with a strong Germanic or Dutch culture, although there are several cities here in America with a strong Germanic heritage that celebrate the day. On December 5th, children set their shoes or stockings outside their bedroom doors and wake on the morning of the 6th to their shoes full of treats. In America those who celebrate St. Nicholas Day usually also celebrate Christmas 19 days later on the 25th. I thought today we would take a look at St. Nicholas as we celebrate the patron saint of children and the bringer of gifts, Enjoy!!!

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St. Nicholas enters the towns many times riding a white horse.

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Here we can see wooden shoes filled with fruit and candies after a visit from St. Nicholas.

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There is definitely a theme with oranges seen a lot in artwork depicting visits from St. Nicholas. 

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These are Dutch Speculaas Cookies, made especially for St. Nicholas Day.

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This is a cute idea where someone took the chocolate marshmallow Santas and place a Bishop’s miter on their head and a staff in his head and turned him into St. Nicholas. 

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More shoes after being filled by St. Nicholas. 

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Artwork depicting St. Nicholas of Myra, Myra was a city in Asia Minor, and he was the Bishop of Myra. 

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A postcard image of St. Nicholas on his white steed. 

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Some cities hold a parade where St. Nicholas enters the town, usually surrounded by depictions of Krampus. Krampus is the evil anti-Santa, December 5th is Krampus Night, sort of how October 31 is Halloween and November 1st is All Saints Day. 

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