With Home School Friends ~
We had to move the date since the storm was suppose to hit.
Two of the mothers in our home school group organized a St. Nicholas feast day party for the kids. In all, 8 families were able to attend - not bad for a last minute date change.
The sweet mom, third from right, opened up her "homestead" and invited the gang over. Wednesday's weather was gorgeous….sunny and 80 degrees!
There were arts and crafts.
A mini-jump house!
And even chickens to chase!
Celebrating With Family ~
Waitin' for St. Nick, Texas style!
And he delivered - even through the ice storm that hit!
The kids each received a bag of chocolate gold coins as well as a new Christmas book.
And since sweet Clementine has not a cowgirl boot of her own, St. Nick left something extra special in her tiny, little shoe …
That cute, little St. Nicholas doll can be found here, on Amazon.
At first, she wasn't quite sure what to think...
But it didn't take her long to figure things out ...
Ester enjoyed a good read before school started. (Yes, school. We had already taken off Wednesday.)
Clementine thought St. Nicholas would like some waffles, too :) By the way, she's in a booster seat now. She LOVES it! Maybe that's why she decided to eat breakfast this morning? (She's our non-eater.)
We pulled out some of our St. Nicholas books to read throughout the day …
And we always watch one of our favorite movies …
My mom and dad taught my brothers and sisters how to celebrate the Feast of St. Nick when we were little. I'm so happy to carry on the tradition! (I love being Catholic!!)
The older three girls helped David clear the debris from the maple tree that was crushed by the weight of the ice. That is NOT snow…all sleet and ice!
(I can't tell how sad this makes me. We planted it over five years ago and this is a newer subdivision…so it was our only tree.)
Many hands make light work…right?
I made, not one, but two of our traditional candy cane coffee cakes!
Candy Cane coffee cake recipe found here.
St. Nicholas napkins found at St. Nicholas Center.
And a cup of hot cocoa was in order after helping their dad clear the debris outside!
St. Nicholas Bishop of Myra
There is little factual information on the life of St. Nicholas. Many of the stories are legend, but speak of a man who truly loved Christ and spread the love of the Gospel in his everyday life. While we don't know many facts, we do know that St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, Southwest coast of Turkey in the 4th century, or around 3250 A.D.
There are many legends surrounding the life of St. Nicholas. The most popular story tells the tale of a man with three daughters. The man lost all of his money, and without a dowry (the money needed for a new family to get started), his daughters could not get married! St. Nicholas heard of their sadness and secretly threw bags of money through their windows at night. When they woke up in the morning, they found the money and with great joy they were able to get married!
Ever since then, it has been the tradition in many countries to leave your shoes or stockings out the night before the feast of St. Nicholas, and in the morning to find a nice surprise waiting for you!
Exchanging gifts was also a popular tradition on the feast of St. Nicholas, and over time in English speaking countries, St. Nicholas became known as Santa Claus. ~ Shininglightdolls.com
Happy feast of St. Nicholas!
~ Patty ~