When I saw that Haley was helping to host a "Little Holy Days" link up, I thought it would be super fun to participate, so I have gotten my stuff together enough to do so. Because we all know I never miss out on a chance to over-share with you. So here we go.
This is the third year in a row that we have made a big deal out of the feast of Saint Nicholas in our home. It began for mostly pragmatic reasons since every year we travel over Christmas and never had a chance to have our own little Christmas morning with our own kids, but is evolving into more than just gift giving.
This year Mike went all out with different ways to celebrate the life of Saint Nicholas and teach the girls about him too, especially the significance of gift giving. Saint Nicholas was extremely generous and known for his giving of gifts, so much so that it makes way more sense to give gifts today than on Christmas-- not that there is anything bad about giving gifts on Christmas, it's just easier to explain to toddlers.
The beginning of Advent has seen the erecting of our Christmas tree, our Jesse Tree (complete with hand-crafted ornaments care of my super creative sister-in-law)...
And now the celebration of the feast of Saint Nicholas:
This morning after gift giving...
Mike is now out shopping with Naomi and Bernadette for some toys for other kids (a part of the parish Advent Tree project) that we will wrap and bring back to the church tonight.
The girls will also enjoy a viewing of "Nicholas: the boy who became Santa", which is as cheesy as it sounds, but the girls love it and they get a surprising amount of facts from the life of Nicholas right.
Tonight we'll be heading to Mass (on a weekday!!!) and then having a lovely dinner provided by my other awesome sister-in-law and her husband, seriously can't wait.
Ok, that is enough of me over loading you with ridiculous details of our day, have a great Saint Nicholas Day!!
Now go check out some other wonderful Advent traditions!
And click HERE to see some stuff we did for the feast last year.