27 Dec Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
I grew up celebrating St. Nicholas day every December 6th. It felt very special to me, because we were the only family that I knew, in the small Montana town I grew up in, that celebrated this day. We always waited with excitement for dinner, when St. Nick was bound to leave a package of goodies outside our door. We four kids checked the doors until they almost fell off their hinges! I have no idea how the package arrived every year, but it did. It was never fancy – not full of nintendos and bikes, but simple – a brown paper bag full of oranges and nuts and candy canes.
As I became and “adult”, I realized that really very few people I knew in United States celebrate this day. Of course, I took this as my own little mission to become Saint Nicholas for my friends. Leaving them packages of treats on their doorstep and running away! Kind of an adrenaline rush J
Since my daughter, Sabina, was born 4 years ago all holidays have become more delightful for me, but especially Saint Nicholas day. It’s fun to have St. Nick come to our house – but even more fun to include her in “Saint Nicking” others! She gets really into it, and loves the idea that because St. Nick doesn’t know them – we get to BE St. Nick. It has been a fun way to teach giving without receiving, without even receiving a thank you (though most of my friends have caught on at this point and we get lots of thank yous – it is not the point).
In the spirit of Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker because of the miracles associated with him, if you feel so inclined – go out and “Saint Nick” someone! A cup of coffee on their desk, a flower for your partner, a sweet orange for your kid – nothing big, just a little something that brings a smile to their face and joy into their heart. It will most certainly bring joy in to your heart as well.
Happy Saint Nicholas Day,
Briana Borten, Founder