Day: December 6, 2008

St. Nicholas Day and a Love of Childhood

I awoke early this morning and came downstairs while everyone is still asleep.  It is  St. Nicholas Day, and I had to smile at the sight of two rather large teenage shoes – one from each child – sitting expectantly on the landing.  The memories came rushing back. We’re not German and I didn’t grow up celebrating St. Nicholas Day, but Candice loves a good holiday – especially one associated with a saint that could help counter-balance the commercialization of Christmas.  So soon after the twins arrived we decided we’d celebrate St. Nicholas Day and it became a tradition.  The gifts are similar year to year.  Candice always finds the gold coin chocolates.  The gifts are modest.  This year they include something for Claire’s hair and a “Bush countdown calendar” for our progressive teenage son.  With St. Nicholas Day, the twins birthday, and Christmas all coming within a three week period, we have to be prudent on the gift buying front. That’s what I like most about our St. Nicholas Day celebrations:  the simple nature of the …