Monday, December 6, 2010
Happy St. Nicholas Day!
We rejoice on this day and say a special thank you prayer to this special saint in heaven who watched over our son that year. Today, we set out the kids shoes like we did when living in Germany. The kids receive candy and one small toy to enjoy this special day in Advent. In the words of Tiny Tim, "God bless us, every one."
"The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
"Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need."