Did you leave your shoes out last night? Did St. Nicholas leave you some chocolate, or did Knecht Ruprecht swat you with his switch and leave you coal? (German's don't mess around!)
WHY do we celebrate St. Nicholas day?
First, because it is a German tradition. My mom is from Germany. We do a lot of crazy, fun German things. I will always remember these traditions for being a special time of year, for remembering my Grandma, being thankful for my multi cultural upbringing, and to teach my children about traditions that hopefully they will pass on to their children one day.
Second is this:
•To learn about the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas: St. Nicholas, a man of faith who lived his life in devotion to Christ
•To focus on giving more than receiving: St. Nicholas cared for the needy
•To emphasize small treats and family fun: St. Nicholas loved children
•To provide a bit of special festivity early in the waiting weeks of Advent: St. Nicholas points to Jesus, the heart of Christmas
•To offer a spiritual dimension to gift giving
•To tell the story of a Christian saint, whose model life inspires compassion and charity
•To honor St. Nicholas honors the Christ Child who selflessly gave the greatest gift of all—himself
(Taken from St.Nicholas Center http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/how-to-celebrate/) Because it's about celebrating a man who was kind and generous. Who should be a roll model not for his compassion, but for his charity. For being a Saint. For starting family traditions. To become aware of who St. Nicholas (Santa) really is, and what he was about...YES HE IS REAL! To celebrate Christ who gave himself for us. For teaching my kids that Christmas isn't about receiving, but GIVING and being THANKFUL. Needless to say, I am so excited about this Christmas season!! EEK! Bring it on!