We don’t do a typical American Santa Claus Christmas.
The kids love the idea of Santa so we review the legend and history of St. Nicholas each year.
St. Nicholas History
Traditionally, Nicholas was born in the city of Patara, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
In one of the earliest and most famous incidents from his life, he is said to have rescued three girls from forced prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house each night for three nights so their father could pay a dowry for each of them. In his youth, he is said to have made pilgrimages to Egypt and the Palestine area. He became Bishop of Myra.
Legend claims that he was temporarily defrocked and imprisoned during the First Council of Nicaea for slapping the heretic Arius. We love that story.
While living in Germany, we had lots of awesome options to celebrate St. Nicholas Day!
We look forward to Speculoos cookies, fun chocolate Santas in all shapes and sizes and colors, parades and markets galore!
The kids like to do fun Santa crafts, bake cookies to give to friends and neighbors, read books and watch movies and sing carols about Santa and St. Nicholas.
We’ll be putting out shoes on December 5 this year and waking up to chocolates and little gifts.
Celebrating St. Nicholas Day:
- St. Nicholas Tot Pack, Preschool Pack, and Elementary Pack from The Kennedy Adventures
- All sorts of Christmas printables from iHomeschool
- Printable Craftivities at Making Learning Fun
- Saint Nicholas Crafts and Printables from Catholic Icing
- Lesson Plan and Activities from First School
- Activities and Worksheets from Education.com
- Poster from Loyola Press
- Sequencing from PreKinders
- Build Faith activities
- Welcome to Mommyhood Montessori
- Glue Sticks and Gumdrops activities
- Orthodox Motherhood celebration
- Learn about St. Nicholas with fun games and printables at The St. Nicholas Center
- Great art tutorials in A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels