Are You Ready For St. Nicholas Day?
This weekend you can get ready for the festive spirit of Christmas, but it is St. Nicholas Day coming up on Saturday. It is a holiday I got introduced to living in Europe and love to celebrate with the kids.
For those that are unaware of this holiday, it the day that is celebrated to honor St. Nicholas, who was a Saint in the 4thCentury that was known for secret gift-giving and his compassion towards other in lending a hand when needed. The story goes that St. Nicholas would travel around and give small gifts for those who left their shoes outside their door.
The tradition of leaving shoes out is still popular today in Europe and has been popular in a few other locations in the United States. Some say it could be used a judging point in whether Santa Claus will visit you on Christmas Day. When you leave your shoes out, you may find that you have coins, candy or small trinkets. If you found any of those items, it is said that you are good, but if you found coal or switches, then you have been bad and need to make amends for whatever you have done.
A few years ago, I talked about this on the air and some were unaware of this tradition, so thought I'd rekindle it for you and your family.