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St. Nicks Gifts

Holidays + St. Nick Gifts & How to Celebrate

Does anyone else celebrate St. Nick’s? My parents didn’t know about it until they moved to Christmas, but now we celebrate it every year! I think it’s a fun way to celebrate the season.

St. Nicks Gifts

Origin Story

In Western Christianity it’s celebrated on December 6th, and in Eastern Christianity it’s celebrated on December 19 as the feast of Saint Nicholas.  As the bringer of gifts, there are many different regional traditions. Some of them include  boys dressing up as bishops like in Germany and Poland, and begging for the poor or putting out a clog filled with hay and a carrot for St. Nick like they did in the Netherlands.

In the US, St. Nicks is most commonly celebrated where there is a strong German population, but that isn’t a hard and fast rule! From personal experience, it depends on the family and sometimes the tradition spreads!

My Family’s Tradition

Like I said earlier, my parents started doing St. Nicks once they moved to Wisconsin. We always get ours the night of December 6th, and it normally includes the same things! A movie, new set of pjs, slippers, and a gift card (plus candy of course). Waking up a little earlier for school was also really fun.

Matt’s family did something similar, with lots of candy and a gift card! I think it’s just a really fun way to get into the season.

For You

Whether you already celebrate, or would like to start a fun tradition with your family, roommates or partner St. Nick is a great way to kick-off Christmas.

Here are some great St. Nicks gifts to kickstart your own ideas.

St. Nicks Gifts For Him

St. Nicks Gifts for Him

PJS // Slippers // DVD // Starbucks Gift Card // Candy // Book

St. Nicks Gifts for Her

St. Nicks Gifts for Her

PJS // Slippers // DVD // Ulta Gift Card // Candy // Book

 

Do you do anything for St. Nicks day? Any other holiday traditions? These also double as great stocking stuffer ideas!

xoxo

Ashley

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  • Greta Hollar

    What a fun idea! I’ve never celebrated St. Nicks but now I want to!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

  • nicole simonetti

    so great to learn something new about the holidays – thanks for sharing! x, nicole // http://www.nicoleeigh.com

  • Very interesting! I have never heard of this but it sounds awesome.

  • Wow this was such a cool post! I loved hearing the origin!

    Also – how perfect are those slippers?! Great for any guy on your list!

    Mindy II AMIXOFMIN.COM

  • Technically I am jewish, but I still celebrate christmas haha I make french toast casserole and open presents and eat delicious food all day lol

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • mckenna bleu

    Great Post, thanks for sharing!

  • Miss ALK

    I wasn’t familiar with this tradition before, but it sounds very cool and special to your family! Love stuff like this.

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  • Great post! Love the PJs!

    Silvia
    http://www.lovelysilvia.com

  • Kristine Circenis

    These are great ideas! Slippers always make a good gift!

  • Those slippers look SO warm and comfy!

  • How fun! We always did St. Nick’s in elementary school and would get a candy cane haha!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

  • I’ve honestly never heard of this but love giving gifts!

  • Ah, this brings back so many memories! Used to look forward to this night as a little girl — I would put my shoes outside my door, and Santa would spoil me! http://www.heartofchic.com