Every year, I think maybe this year we will celebrate Saint Nicholas Day and maybe gift the neighbors with Christmas cookies on that day and do some special things. But we have so many other things to think about, I don’t ever get around to it.
This year I’ve started thinking about it early. Very early. It’s still November, and I’m about to publish this post about celebrating Saint Nicholas Day with your kids. I’m pulling together all of the fabulous ideas I can find — plus I’m gifting everyone who wants it with a GORGEOUS Saint Nicholas coloring page in this post.
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If you live in any Western country, Saint Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th. Eastern European countries celebrate Saint Nicholas Day on December 19th. The most common celebration of this day is feasting, a church service focused on the spirit of giving, and the setting out of shoes or stockings on the 5th to be filled by Saint Nicholas.
Most Americans (except those living in areas heavily influenced by German immigrants) have moved this tradition to be merged with their celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
We prefer to keep Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mostly about Jesus and I think that having a Saint Nicholas Day celebration will be a fun way for my kids to learn about the traditions of St. Nick aside from those Holy Days we set apart.
How to Celebrate Saint Nicholas Day with Kids
My favorite tradition for Saint Nicholas Day is the practice of taking small treats or favors to your near neighbors and dear friends to honor the memory of Saint Nicholas and his giving spirit. Learning about the various traditions surrounding Christmas and how they have evolved from the memory of the original Saint Nicholas of Myra would also be an excellent way to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.
Read the real story of the legend using this fabulous picture book: Saint Nicholas – The Real Story of the Christmas Legend. If you don’t celebrate Santa Claus in your home you might want to leave out the last page, so maybe read ahead.
Your children might also enjoy putting together this articulated Saint Nicholas paper doll — a printable download from StellaMarigoldArt.
We always enjoy watching Saint Nicholas: A Story of Joyful Giving from VeggieTales
Crafty Mom Share has a great post on Saint Nicholas
Wise Owl factory has a free printable about Saint Nicholas Day in the Netherlands
Cooking Whiz Cafe has Saint Nicholas Day Donuts
–>Click here to get our free Saint Nicholas Coloring Page and we’ve included a brief history of the saint to share with your children as well!