Hello & Welcome Back & Happy St. Nicholas Day to you!
Saint Nicholas Day is a very special day in our family as I share with you and repost my 2014 Saint Nicholas Day post with you:
Today is a very special day in our household... It's St. Nicholas Day and because of the miracle of St. Nicholas, my Grandmother's life was saved (by St. Nick coming to her in a dream and kindly telling her that she must wake up!) This incident all took place back when she was a young child and the apartment where she lived with my great grandparents 'Mama' & 'Papa Pete', along with my Uncle George (Elisa's dad) had been engulfed in flames! Thank God everyone survived!
Think about it... I wouldn't be here, and neither would any of my family be here or ever be born if it weren't for the miracle of dear St. Nicholas.
And thus every year... We follow in the tradition set by my beloved Grandmother, to be gifted with a new Christmas ornament on this day.
Since my Grandmother has passed on and the family has grown, we celebrate this holiday by now doing a secret Santa style ornament exchange in honor of this wonderful Saint that this very meaningful day represents.
And I also cook a big wonderful Italian meal (of course), and we all gather together for good food, laughs, memories, and to kick off the holiday season!
About St. Nicholas The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th.
Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need. (Credit stnicholascenter.org)
In the provinces of Trieste, Udine, Belluno, South Tyrol and Trentino St. Nicholas (San Nicolò) is celebrated with gifts given to children on the morning of 6 December and with a fair called Fiera di San Nicolò during the first weeks of December. Depending on the cultural background, in some families this celebration is more important than Christmas. (Credit wikipedia)
It's also Travelin' Tuesday here at TC and as we left off today I was gonna be sharing the second half of My 2016 Travels - from June to December. Well since todays post is already a bit LONG, I'm going to wait until tomorrow to share this awaited year end review. It's gonna be a blast!
But before I go, let me tell ya just a bit about yesterday. Well if you've been following along (as you should be...) then you would know just how crazy busy my day was yesterday - so much so that I completely forgot to post until early in the evening.
So much to do and so much running around getting ready for the holidays, birthdays, events...I'm sure you know exactly what Im talking about.
One of my many stops yesterday was taking Cosette to the stables to go see Dream, and boy did Dream make us laugh with the silly expressions that she had made. I hope that you can appreicate them as much as we did. I mean we really had a case of the giggles.
Another highlight of the day was that the kids went Christmas Caroling with their choir - which was great fun for them. I was stuck in a board meeting and therefore do not have any pictures. Boo.
Well, it's about time that I get into the kitchen.