When I was a little girl, I was always SO jealous of other people who did the St. Nicholas shoes thing. I would NEVER remember to do this without the advent calendar, so it’s paying off already, because I LOVE this tradition. It’s a little introduction to Christmas and where the idea of Santa Claus comes from, all wrapped up into one.
We talked about St. Nicholas earlier today, although Eli does call him Mrs. Ticklas. We talked about who he is a patron saint of, and Eli said “I’m the children” when we got to that part. (I left out the part about prostitutes, maybe we’ll save that for next year). Then I told him that we’d leave his shoes and his sisters shoes by their bedroom door, and maybe St. Nicholas would leave candy or presents in the shoes, and sometimes he leaves coins because in the olden days St. Nicholas would throw bags of coins in people’s windows.
When I was done with this fantastic history lesson, Eli stopped me and said “Is HE going to sneak in our house? And then break our windows?” That’s when I suspected that the story of St. Nicholas had gotten away from me.
Anyway, here are the shoes. If nothing else, this endeavor meant a trip into Sees for me, and I think we can agree that any activity that leads to Sees is a winner.
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