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Advent Prepare – Day #8 – St. Nicholas

December 6, 2015

Oh happy day. Today is the second Sunday of Advent and the calendar tell us it is the feast of St. Nicholas.

Celebrating this feast is a tradition Nate & I adopted for our family separate from how we grew up. When I was teaching KG it was a tradition we were asked to encourage in the classroom.  Where does this tradition originate? Check out the St. Nicholas Center for all things St. Nick.

This is a special little mid-Advent celebration. We try to make the gift moments special by not rushing it and taking time to spend it together. This year, Katie changed into her new “Southern Darlin'” shirt and promptly started making french toast for breakfast. Oh my. It’s something we never make, but boy was it good this morning.

We then watched one of our favorite little Christmastime cartoons, Nicholas the Boy Who Became Santa.  It is such a great little way to introduce the origin of this great gift-giving tradition, outside of the Magi bringing Jesus gifts. We will celebrate that feast in January as a time to give gifts to one another…homemade gifts. It’s probably my most favorite celebration of the year, and has become cherished by the oldest kids also. I think Clare will partake this year for the first time. She’s finally at the age where she enjoys creating and could come up with a few great things to gift. She’ll love it!

The premise of Nicholas’s life was that he saw the beauty in giving gifts, giving of himself, giving whatever he had to bless another person. We will give of ourselves in a beautiful way during our Epiphany celebrations. Here, we’ve already begun thinking about what we will create for one another. Nate and I are cheating a bit, and combining efforts this year for a more elaborate “gift”. I can’t wait to share those celebrations with you. However, today, was the beginning of that gifting spirit.

To all our Nicholas friends, happy feast!! To everyone else, happy preparations on this second Sunday of Advent. May your preparations toward Christmas be richly blessed throughout this week.

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