Thursday, December 6, 2007

Saint Nicholas Day

Today is Saint Nicholas day!

I'm always reminded of this because it's also the birthday of one of my closest friends. It's more of a German/European holiday than an english one, but it's a fabulous idea nonetheless.

The celebration in Holland is probably the most well known. Children place their shoes out during the night of the fifth and they are filled with presents from Saint Nick during the night.
The most famous story about Saint Nick revolves around a poor man had three daughters but couldn't afford their dowries. When Nicholas heard about their situation, he decided to help them, but not wanting anyone to know of his gift, he snuck into their house during the night and left gold for the girls' dowries. Inspired by his generosity, people began leaving anonymous gifts to the poor in his honour and the tradition continues today!

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