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St. Nicholas Day! (Contest)
Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

UPDATE: The winners are…Charlene Whitehouse and Jackie Wisherd!

A custom my family picked up when we lived in Germany was having the kids put out their shoes on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. If the kid is good, he gets something nice left in his shoe by Santa. If not, he gets a lump of coal. This gives the kid an attaboy/girl to keep up the good work or a warning if they need to correct their ways before Christmas Day.

My daughter is the keeper of the tradition now, and along with all those kids’ shoes lined up for Santa to leave gifts inside, she has me leave out a shoe, too—because I’m the biggest kid in the house. See? I did teach her right. LOL

For a chance to win something, I haven’t decided what just yet, tell me about any holiday traditions you follow in your family!

18 comments to “St. Nicholas Day! (Contest)”

  1. Deb Brown
    · December 6th, 2022 at 5:36 am · Link

    Attending Midnight Mass

  2. Debra Guyette
    · December 6th, 2022 at 5:45 am · Link

    We exchange funny stocking gifts after the meal is eaten

  3. miki
    · December 6th, 2022 at 6:46 am · Link

    we do celebrate St Nicolas but he is not santa! ^^
    Santa is still busy in north pole

  4. Mary Lawson
    · December 6th, 2022 at 7:23 am · Link

    We bake my great grandmother’s Christmas cookies. Now my granddaughters do the baking.

  5. Charlene Annette Whitehouse
    · December 6th, 2022 at 7:37 am · Link

    I buy one ornament every year for each child. So when grown up and have a family of their own they have something to start with.

  6. Beverly
    · December 6th, 2022 at 9:54 am · Link

    We bake some special cookies we all like, I always buy each grandchild a pair of Christmas pj’s. For the adult stockings…there’s always a tiny bottle of some sort of alcohol for them & a Dunkin Donuts gift card. And every year, I buy socks for everyone.

  7. Judith smith
    · December 6th, 2022 at 10:29 am · Link

    We do St Nicholas day and fill shoes Just did that today Christmas breakfast and church

  8. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · December 6th, 2022 at 11:34 am · Link

    No need to enter me in the drawing. My sister has started this Christmas pajama wearing picture taking on Christmas Eve. : D My own tradition of creating a Christmas Village started four years ago.

  9. Colleen C.
    · December 6th, 2022 at 12:45 pm · Link

    We decorate together, make M&M cookies together, get a new ornament for the tree each year.

  10. Mary Preston
    · December 6th, 2022 at 6:05 pm · Link

    In our family the youngest person present always puts the Angel atop the Christmas tree when we decorate it. On Christmas morning the oldest person present always plays “Santa” handing out the gifts from beneath the tree. Traditions are all important.

  11. Jennifer Beyer
    · December 6th, 2022 at 7:37 pm · Link

    We have crab cakes every year to honor our grandparents. We use our grandmother’s original recipe because it’s the best!

  12. Elaine Howell
    · December 6th, 2022 at 7:50 pm · Link

    We always put up the Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend and take it down in Christmas afternoon or the day after.

  13. bn100
    · December 6th, 2022 at 10:50 pm · Link


  14. Mary McCoy
    · December 7th, 2022 at 10:01 am · Link

    St. Nicks is very popular here in Wisconsin. Our tradition also is going to midnight service on Christmas Eve.

  15. Kerry Pruett
    · December 10th, 2022 at 9:49 am · Link

    We always have fire works and snack food with one side of my family. If it is cool enough we have a bonfire so we can roast marshmallows too

  16. Jackie Wisherd
    · December 10th, 2022 at 3:46 pm · Link

    We get a bird ornament every year for the tree. Some years there are a lot to pick from and other hears mot so many. So it is fun shopping for a new one for the year.

  17. Delilah
    · December 14th, 2022 at 10:12 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing! Charlene, the ornament thing is one of our traditions, also. When the kids grow up and leave, they’ll have a good start on their tree decorations, and memories to take with them.

    I’m giving away a hand-painted bookmark to two winners: Charlene and Jackie Wisherd! Ladies, congrats! Send me your snail mail addresses at!

  18. Charlene Annette Whitehouse
    · December 14th, 2022 at 10:46 am · Link

    Congratulations Jackie and thank you so very much. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Hugs

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