I think we are among the few Protestants that celebrate St. Nick day every December 6th, but it’s a tradition (brought to our family by Kyle, having always celebrated it in his predominately German Catholic family/town) I have come to love dearly.
We have a lot of thoughts on Santa (none judgmental or scrooge-like, I assure you, and all of which I’ll share as the holiday approaches) but one thing is clear. Nicholas, as with many of the other historical figures now canonized by the Catholic church as saints, was a super cool guy.
After his parents died when he was young, Nicholas used his entire inheritance to help the poor, sick, orphaned and widowed. From his charitable work and love of God we get stories of childrens’ stockings filled with gifts and necessities and of lives saved from horrible circumstances.
His example is one worth remembering and teaching to our children. Beyond this, we simply enjoy spreading love to our family and friends throughout more of the season than just the present-parade that Christmas morning can be. We have been talking with our kids all week about St. Nick day, and by default about the whole season – why we give presents, why we celebrate. I wouldn’t trade these moments and these conversations for anything.
And besides, early Christmas candy is never a bad thing. 🙂