Ma’s Christmas tip for today:
Remember that Christmas carols never sound better than when you sing them in church
The 2nd Sunday of Advent has arrived. That means there is only 2 more Sundays until Christmas comes!
Today is also St. Nicholas Day
St. Nicks Day is a simple celebration which adds a bit of welcome festivity in the early days of Advent It provides an opportunity to tell the story of St. Nicholas, a man of faith whose goodness and generosity grew out of his love for God. It enriches our understanding of Santa Claus by showing the real historical person who inspired the familiar legend and traditions
At my house before everyone would retire on December 5th, they would place a shoe beside the fireplace. When they got up on December 6th their shoe would hold a treat from St. Nick. But the real purpose of this feast is to remember and celebrate St. Nicholas's example of compassion.
One ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there
I’m enjoying sharing all the different celebrations, tips and traditions of Christmas with you all. From the beginning of Advent til the Ephiphany on Jan 6th there are so many things to do and to celebrate. I hope you enjoy my reflections and pictures too of what is new at my house.
I got my first Christmas card yesterday! It was from a dear Journaling friend and quite a surprise! She’s so far away and yet hers was the first I received this year.
Thank you dear friend!
I’m off to church as usual this morning. You all are in my thoughts and prayers as always.