Happy St. Nick!!!

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Happy St. Nick!!!

Happy St. Nick everyone. Does anyone else celebrate this?

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We don't, but I thought you were supposed to leave a shoe out to be filled with candy.

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No. What is it? Looks like fun for the kids! Do you not do presents/stockings from santa then?

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Nope, but it sounds (and looks) like fun Smile

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Hurray for Wisconsin traditions.

St. Nick's Day is the first gift Katie has every received where she got to unwrap it. She was so excited to see the bright paper, but then got confused as to what to do. The pictures are adorable. I just need to get them off my camera.

My kids get their Christmas jammies for St. Nick's Day usually.

Okay, here they are...

I didn't get a picture of her as she excitedly crawled to the present but it's such a great combo of pics, from the excitement to the confusion, to the "oh, so that's what we do" to the utter joy over the contents. It was cute.




(look at the adoration she has for her brother)

(She's trying to put them on and squealing in delight the whole time)

(Wall-e and princess jammies were a hit too. Best response to PJs ever from my kids)

For everyone else who doesn't know about St. Nick's Day...
http://stnicholas.kids.us/Brix?pageID=391

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How cool is that!? FUN! I'd never heard of it until today. I love the progression pics Michelle. Smile

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yes we just started celebrating it.

But we're doing where ds will get 1 thing each year either an ornament or xmas pjs or something.
This year it was a thomas ornament.

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I grew up with this tradition. My mom and dad picked it up from Germany in the 60's

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^That is exactly why it's so popular in places like Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

It's a celebration of the Saint... which isn't the same as Santa, and yet is. We read the kids stories about the Saint, but we don't celebrate Santa (in his current image) in our house.

I certainly enjoyed it as a kid. We always got some candy and a little present... pencils, crayons, a new baseball.... those sorts of things.

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What a great tradition! I love it! Do you guys also do stockings? We always had stockings from santa, and presents from our parents. DH had presents and stockings from santa. We'll just do stockings from Santa, since I like kids to know where their gifts come from and give thanks. I dont really like the whole santa thing, but I loved it as a kid and how can I keep that from mine?!

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We had stockings growing up and received gifts in them on Christmas, and St. Nick also put presents into our stockings.

But as an adult, we don't even pull out the stockings for the kids, even though I have one for every family member. We just don't have a place to put them and the kids were ripping them.

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"spottedjagiwar" wrote:

No. What is it? Looks like fun for the kids! Do you not do presents/stockings from santa then?

We still do presents from Santa just not in the stockings on Christmas only under the tree. I always thought everyone did this just like Christmas??? I wonder what other holidays are out there that I don't know about?

Also thanks for the link now I can post it on my bb!!!

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We celebrate Festuvus for the rest of us...dont you?! Wink Its good to learn something new, dont cha think! I always like to learn about everyone elses traditions that they do. My maternal side makes Kuchen for christmas, but that's just what we call it, cause Kuchen is just cake in German, but thats not really what we make. Its a custard pie type thing with dried fruit in it. DELICH! Super yummy but WAY not good for you...heavy cream, eggnog, LOTS of sugar, eggs = several extra pounds after christmas Wink Hey the prunes make it healthy. right!?

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First of all, both of your pics are so cute. Such cute kids on this board.
Second, I too have never heard of this till now and I am from the "Loo". LOL So neat and fun! TFS your traditions with us, everyone!

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Whenever anyone asks me about St. Nick's Day I ALWAYS post that article. I see that I posted from the St. Nick's KIDS site this year. This is a St. Nick's adult site too that goes into more detail. Here's that link. It has a lot of neat stuff about customs and traditions and history of Saint Nicholas. http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=391

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"spottedjagiwar" wrote:

We celebrate Festuvus for the rest of us...dont you?! Wink Its good to learn something new, dont cha think! I always like to learn about everyone elses traditions that they do. My maternal side makes Kuchen for christmas, but that's just what we call it, cause Kuchen is just cake in German, but thats not really what we make. Its a custard pie type thing with dried fruit in it. DELICH! Super yummy but WAY not good for you...heavy cream, eggnog, LOTS of sugar, eggs = several extra pounds after christmas Wink Hey the prunes make it healthy. right!?

Yum... sounds like the cranberry pudding we make. It's a simple cake, with flour, cranberries, shortening and just a touch of sugar. Cut that into squares and DROWN it in butter sauce that's made from butter, sugar and half and half. Smush cake until it's a pudding.

^So worth it once a year. Smile

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Our January challenge should be Christmas traditions!!!!!