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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Chapter 12, Page 7, Book 10

Terrific 2's Tuesday!

There are so many rich traditions and special rituals celebrated throughout the month of December so today I've chosen one of my favorites to share with you.

Yesterday was St. Nicholas Day and at my house when the children were young, St. Nicholas came filling their shoes with sweet treats and little gifts like peppermints and Christmas pencils, that were only a reminder of good things yet to come. St. Nicholas was real and has become a legend because of his generosity to others.

Though not largely celebrated in the States, many parts of Europe have a long tradition of celebrating jolly old St. Nicholas on December 6. While most Americans lump Santa Claus into the actual Christmas holiday, celebrating on December 6 is not only a good way to kick-start the season, but it also a way for those who prefer a different focus on Christmas to enjoy the fun of St. Nick as well.

Sometimes the pressure to squeeze everything in on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day can be overwhelming. Celebrating St. Nick’s Day is a good way to spread it out a little.

For many families, stockings on Christmas morning are as much a part of the holiday tradition as gifts and a Christmas tree. Children dream of getting up and seeing those stockings bulging with toys and sweets

Here is a list of the things I like to stuff in the stockings every year

An orange - traditionally occupies the toe

Treats - A Life Saver Story Book

Socks - Colorful and rolled up

Coins - the chocolate kind wrapped in foil

We always unwrap the stocking gifts each year before the other gifts are passed out. DS#5 and his wife host Christmas every year now for our family and he has the grand privilege to play Santa and hand out the gifts.

There you have it my 2 for Tuesday. A tradition and some stocking stuffer ideas.

I hope you all have a TERRIFIC 2's Day to day.

'On Ya'-ma

8 comments:

Hollie said...

I love traditions! It's what we always remember & they mean the most!

jack69 said...

Many of us tend to forget St. Nicholas and his contributions to the poor and down-trodden. Thanks for the reminder.

From North Carolina's deep freeze.

That corgi :) said...

When I was growing up, we would put out our stockings on December 6th for St. Nicholas and would get them filled with candy and nuts. I like what you put in your Christmas stockings too, Ma. Growing up, my mom would put in a big orange, apple, and a few little small gifts. And we too opened our stockings first usually before church and breakfast and then the other presents later.

Love traditions; always fun to add new ones along the way too!

have a great day!

betty

Debbie said...

What a wonderful tradition you have! That's what the holiday season is all about for the kids...fun and surprises.
Debbie@lakehouse

Scrappy quilter said...

We always open the smallest gift that's under the tree Christmas Eve. I love reading about St. Nicholas. Hugs

grammy said...

My 25v year old son always wants to know where his stocking is (o: It gets expensive to do one for everyone. We have kind of stopped the traditon. The littles still get one at their house from their parents... which is nice to see it pass on to them...lol

Angie said...

As kids in 1950's England we hung our stocking (quite literally one of dad's old socks) on the end of our beds before we settled down to staying awake long enough to see Santa Claus fill it. We never did but in the morning we would dive first of all for the stoccking. There would be a sixpence piece (2½p in today's money) followed by an orange, an apple, a little tin of toffees, a colouring book and crayons, and other small 'keep you quiet' toys. Our other gifts would be piled next to our stockings and we would get started on these next. Downstairs mum and dad would be busy with dinner preparations and lighting the fire and I think all our stuff was in our rooms so that all the mess stayed up there and not in the living room.

Angie said...

As kids in 1950's England we hung our stocking (quite literally one of dad's old socks) on the end of our beds before we settled down to staying awake long enough to see Santa Claus fill it. We never did but in the morning we would dive first of all for the stoccking. There would be a sixpence piece (2½p in today's money) followed by an orange, an apple, a little tin of toffees, a colouring book and crayons, and other small 'keep you quiet' toys. Our other gifts would be piled next to our stockings and we would get started on these next. Downstairs mum and dad would be busy with dinner preparations and lighting the fire and I think all our stuff was in our rooms so that all the mess stayed up there and not in the living room.