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December 6th ~ St. Nicholas Day

December 19th on the Julian Calendar

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many ways—the stately bishop may

  • lead a town parade,
  • be commemorated in saint's day worship,
  • visit schools, hospitals and homes or provide the focus for a party,
  • come under cover of night to leave sweet treats and small gifts for children.  
  • Decorated vehicle
    Castricum, the Netherlands
    Photo: P Van Trigt
    Gifts brought to worship
    St. Nicholas Day Worship
    Sint-Nicolaaskerk, Sint Niklaas, Belgium
    Photo: G Vandenheide
    Saint with pupil
    School Visit
    St. Hilary School
    Fairlawn, Ohio
    St Nicholas with Angel
    Under Cover of Night
    Postcard, Belgium
    St Nicholas Center Collection

    However he comes, Saint Nicholas reminds us that giving is more important than receiving, and doing for others is the faithful way to live.

    Long live St. Nicholas!
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