Register Log In

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

December 6 is the feast of Saint Nicholas. Many children hang stockings or leave shoes outside their bedroom doors before going to bed on December 5. Saint Nicholas visits during the night, leaving the children candy, fruit, nuts, or other treats. Saint Nicholas’s example of generosity and sharing is the basis for Santa Claus. Connecting the jolly, bearded figure in red to Saint Nicholas, a real bishop from fourth-century Turkey, helps children understand the gift-giving at Christmas as based on both Saint Nicholas’s generosity as well as God’s perfect generosity in sending his Son as the greatest gift of all.

Share “The Legend of Saint Nicholas: A Read-Aloud Story for Young Children” with your class or children in your home. Adapt the service ideas in “Celebrate St. Nicholas by Serving Others” as needed for appropriate physical distancing and safety.

 
Image credit: Nika Art/Shutterstock.com

Leave a Reply


Latest Posts


Sign-up for our free GROW blog newsletter

Our Editors


David Dziena
Publisher

David Dziena is the Publisher of Pflaum Publishing Group. He has also served as Executive Editor and […]

Nicholle Check
Senior Editor

Nicholle Check, senior editor, joined Pflaum Publishing Group in 2014. Throughout her 25-year career in publishing […]

Joan McKamey
Project Editor

Joan McKamey, project editor, joined the Gospel Weeklies editorial team in September 2016. […]

Erika De Urquidi
Bilingual Editor

Erika De Urquidi, bilingual editor, joined Bayard, Inc. in July 2018. During her 15 years as a professional translator […]