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