QOTD for Wednesday!

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QOTD for Wednesday!
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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 6:05am

St Nick comes tonight! 

United States and Canada

While feasts of Saint Nicholas are not observed nationally, cities with strong German influences like Milwaukee, Cincinnati and St. Louis celebrate St. Nick's Day on a scale similar to the German custom.[32] As in other countries, many people in the United states celebrate a separate St Nicholas Day by putting their shoes outside their bedroom doors or hanging an empty stocking by the fireplace on the evening of 5 December. St Nicholas then comes during the night. On the morning of 6 December, those people will find their shoes/stockings filled with gifts and sugary treats. Widespread adoption of the tradition has spread among the German, Polish, Belgian and Dutch communities throughout the United States.

On 24 December, Christmas Eve, each child puts one empty stocking/sock on their fireplace. The following morning of 25 December, the children awake to find that St. Nick has filled their stockings with candy and small presents (if the children have been good) or coal (if not). Gifts often include chocolate gold coins to represent the gold St. Nick gave to the poor and small trinkets. They also awake to find presents under the tree, wrapped in Christmas-themed paper. This is a very traditional part of Christmas.

Does St Nick come to your house?

If so, what type of treats does he leave?

If not,  how do you get your wish list to Santa Claus?

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Thu, 12-06-2012 - 9:40am

So, if I am reading it right, Susan... St. Nick and Santa Claus are two different dudes? 

Is it only me or does anyone else think a patron saint of pawnbrokers sounds pretty funny?  LOL  I think you are absolutely correct when you said there is a patron saint for everything!

I hope Nat finds her earring... I hate when I lose them!  But, that is one big reason why I started making my own... if I lose one, I can go downstairs and make one to replace the lost one! 

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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 3:41pm

He only comes to our house tonight.  We do not get our stocking filled on Christmas morning.

St Nick is the patron Saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students.  There is a patron Saint for just about anything.  Lose something??  Say a prayer to St Tony.  He's the patron Saint of all lost things.  Natalie lost an earring at school yesterday and she told me she said a prayer to St Tony and was hoping it would be in the lost and found today.  Anyway, each Saint has their own Feast Day in which they are celebrated.  St Nicholas' Feast Day is none other than Dec 6.

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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 1:45pm

Does St Nick come to your house?  Ditto Tracy... never heard of it.  I'm glad you posted what you were talking about, Susan because I meant to ask you but forgot when you said Saint Nick is coming tomorrow!  I always thought St. Nick was Santa Claus.  Are they the same?  If so, he must come twice to your house, eh?  Busy guy!

If so, what type of treats does he leave?  N/A

If not,  how do you get your wish list to Santa Claus?  My girls always told Santa what they wanted (when he was at the Mall and they were getting their pic taken.  Santa only brought my girls one thing each... bigger things... but only one... so they really only ever asked for one or two things... not a whole big list... and he also filled their stockings.

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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 9:09am

It may be because of our German heritage or our Catholic background, but we do St Nick.  We put our Christmas lists in our stockings tonight and then tomorrow the list are gone and it has been replaced with goodies.  We always have an orange in the bottom of the stocking (DH's family always did this), some candy, and a few trinket items. 

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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 7:07am

Does St Nick come to your house?   I have never heard of this tradition before.  So, no.

If so, what type of treats does he leave?  NA

If not, how do you get your wish list to Santa Claus?   The kids used to write letters.   Now I guess they rely on my to get the info to him.  

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Wed, 12-05-2012 - 6:42am

Does St Nick come to your house? Nope

If so, what type of treats does he leave? N/A

If not,  how do you get your wish list to Santa Claus? I whisper it into his earWink

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