Feast Day of St Nick-December 6th
Saint Nicholas is said to be just about everyone’s saint; he is surely named the patron of saint of more causes than any other saint. Nicholas has been chosen as the special protector or guardian of a great many classes of people, cities, churches, and even countries.
Growing up we celebrated Saint Nicholas Day on December 6. Children of both Catholic and Episcopalian faiths believe that St. Nick keeps track of their actions throughout the year in his little book, very much like Santa Claus does. If the child was good all year they get their treats, but if they have been naughty they would get twigs and small branches stuffed in their shoes.
The tradition of St Nick’s Day began because he helped others by placing a coin in a needy person’s shoe or boot when they didn’t know. This is also how the tradition of the Christmas stocking began. Instead of using the shoe or boot, we use a Christmas stocking. The very early tradition of Saint Nicholas Day was that the children would place their boots and shoes near the fireplace at night and receive the same types of treats that we did. In most European countries, they still celebrate the day by children putting out their shoes and boots before going to bed. We just did this tonight with our kids l- you can also do this on December 6th with your children.
All my children were so excited to put their shoes outside. Of course my third child chose to place her boots outside. I think she believes she has been so good, that he will need a big set of boots to fill up all her goodies.
Some of you may not know about patron saints. These individuals have lived a life which is a worthy example of how to faithfully follow Jesus Christ and, as part of the communion of saints, they intercede on behalf of those who call upon them. Greatly loved for his compassion and care he died December 6 AD, 342.
St Nick is considered the patron saint of children, thieves, Russia and many other countries, sailors, merchants, students, and even the patron saint of New York City. He has been specially designated the patron saint of children.