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.