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Offline augustin717

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St. Nicholas traditions
« on: December 06, 2006, 01:00:30 PM »
Does St. Nicholas bring good kids anything on his feast-day eve, in the country you live in, or you come from?
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Re: St. Nicholas traditions
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2006, 02:56:50 PM »
Our toddler just had her first today--we did the standard shoes outside the door with chocolate coins, plus a few other gifts.  She really got into it.  We're learning carols that go with the feastday, too, but mercifully we have another year or so to really get them down.

Can't really answer the actual question, since America is the country I come from and in which I live (plus I didn't grow up celebrating the feast), so I just thought I'd share that.  Pics will be up on my blog (linked below), probably this evening.
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Re: St. Nicholas traditions
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2006, 03:19:51 AM »
Does St. Nicholas bring good kids anything on his feast-day eve, in the country you live in, or you come from?

In England nobody (except immigrants) does this - they've fallen for the American conflation of St. Nicholas with Father Christmas and I'd guess that the puritans did away with any celebration of St. Nicholas' day that might have existed before them. Of course, as I grew up following German traditions (where this is indeed done) and my wife is from Romania, our children do get a visit. I'm still trying to figure out how we'll explain this when my children are old enough to wonder why he only comes to us. I'd say he only comes to Orthodox families but that seems rather sectarian somehow.

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