Thursday the 6th- As always, we set out our shoes the night before in anticipation of St Nicholas' visit. The children got chocolate coins and other goodies. Daughter #1 received some lavender lotion, and Daughter #2 got an assortment of mustards. Dad got a six-pack of O'Douls (he is on-call 24/7 with his hospital, so any alcohol really is not advisable) and he likes the taste- many people do not! Since I am not on-call, St Nicholas gave me a bottle of Ventura Limoncello. It is the best I have ever had.
Friday the 7th- We went to our monthly home school park day and Saint Nicholas visited. Some of the children brought crafts and goodies to sell, using a percentage of their proceeds to donate to food baskets in the community. It was a wonderful time, but Baby Girl was terrified of Saint Nicholas and refused to greet him. Perhaps it was his Roman-rite style bishop's mitre ;)
Saturday the 8th- Saint Nicholas visited us after our Divine Liturgy on Saturday evening. It was a special surprise for the Latino community who were there as well to celebrate the end of their novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary. They liked the idea of a feast day for Saint Nicholas, but this time of year is busy with Our Lady of Guadalupe. And Baby Girl started to warm up to St Nicholas...
Sunday the 9th- We had a combined Divine Liturgy with the 'big' community and us (the smaller jurisdiction that rents space). Then we sat down to a breakfast in the large hall and waited for saint Nicholas to arrive. Finally, Baby Girl went up to St Nicholas. A friend of mine took some photos. Baby Girl was very serious and refused to smile, but she did look in the camera.
Monday the 10th- While waiting at the door for their kindergarten morning ritual to begin, Boy was talking to his friends about St Nicholas. I don't think they really got the concept. Then, their teacher hinted that a man "in a red suit" would be visiting that day. They still didn't get it. I whispered to Boy, "I think Santa's helper might visit your class today." Boy told his friends and they cheered with delight. I suppose the 'spirit of Christmas' never gets tiresome.
and yes, Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus will come back and fill our stockings on Christmas Eve!