Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy St Nick Eve

Growing up my family always celebrated St Nick's day. It seems to be more of a mid-west tradition since no one I know that lives down South has heard of it. But it's a tradition I plan on keeping with my children so I thought I'd share the tradition of St Nick with y'all

It's not celebrated much in the U.S. -- although there has been some awareness of the holiday in Wisconsin -- but in Northern Europe St. Nicholas Day is a big thing. Traditional celebrations included gifts left in children's shoes (from which American Christmas stockings developed).
Good children receive treats -- candies, cookies, apples and nuts -- while naughty children receive lumps of coal. In Germany, children still put a shoe outside their bedroom doors on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, and hope to find candy, coins and maybe a small gift in them on Dec. 6. In the Netherlands, children put their shoes in front of their chimneys in hopes of finding chocolate or a small toy in their shoe when they wake.

More info

While feasts of Saint Nicholas are not observed nationally, cities with strong German influences like Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis celebrate St. Nick's Day on a scale similar to the German custom.[33] As in other countries, many people in the United States celebrate a separate St Nicholas Day by putting their shoes outside their bedroom doors or hanging an empty stocking by the fireplace on the evening of 5 December. St Nicholas then comes during the night. On the morning of 6 December, those people will find their shoes/stockings filled with gifts and sugary treats. Widespread adoption of the tradition has spread among the German, Polish, Belgian and Dutch communities throughout the United States.
On 24 December, Christmas Eve, each child puts one empty stocking/sock on their fireplace. The following morning of 25 December, the children awake to find that St. Nick has filled their stockings with candy and small presents (if the children have been good) or coal (if not). Gifts often include chocolate gold coins to represent the gold St. Nick gave to the poor and small trinkets. They also awake to find presents under the tree, wrapped in Christmas-themed paper. This is a very traditional part of Christmas

So basically every Dec 5th we'd hang up our stockings and wake up on the 6th to find out stockings full of goodies along with candy to symbolize us being good or potatoes and coal if we were bad

G and E's stockings are already to go!


  1. Always did St. Nick as a kid (from WI), but didn't start it with my two until 2010. LOL

  2. We do St. Nick's at my parents house still! Just shoes get filled, no presents for us. But then again, I'm a Northern IL girl so that might explain it haha.

  3. St. Nicholas day is also my birthday! I went to a Catholic school and we always put our shoes outside of our classroom and would get candy before we left for lunch. Always made my birthday extra special :)

  4. We also celebrated it with our shoes growing up both in my Catholic school in Virginia and Connecticut. If we ever have kids it is definitely a tradition I'll continue! I remember it always being so much fun!