St. Nicholas

I love to share stories and traditions that celebrate the life and works of St. Nicholas. If you’re looking for something in particular, check the index.



Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Build your own Saint Nicholas Day gift bags

Friends, St. Nicholas Day is on December 6. And this year, St. Nicholas Day falls on a Sunday, just like it did in The Saint Nicholas Day Snow! Because of that, and because 2020 has been such a hard year for everyone, I wanted to put together a sweet St. Nicholas Day...
Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

Have a St. Nicholas party in July!

I know you and your little ones are feeling a bit stir-crazy right now. I am, too. All of my regular summer activities have been cancelled. We’re all looking for something fun to do. And I have just the thing: The Nativity of St. Nicholas falls on July 29. You can...
Looking for the real St. Nicholas

Looking for the real St. Nicholas

The stores are already filled with ornaments and decorations that feature a man with a big white beard, dressed all in red. He might have children with him, or a bag of toys. There might be Christmas trees in the background. There might be elves. Who is this man? How...
St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

St. Nicholas, Thursday prayers, and pirates

The life of the Orthodox Church is carried through cycles of worship and prayer. If you follow these cycles, you’ll encounter St. Nicholas over and over. He has three feast days on the annual cycle of fixed feasts. And he’s also commemorated every Thursday, during the...
Three boys in a pickling tub

Three boys in a pickling tub

In Medieval Europe, the most common image of St. Nicholas shows him standing over three small children in a wooden tub. The image illustrates an odd story that was told and believed for centuries. The story began as the story of the three innocent men whom St....
The tale of St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

The tale of St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas

There are at least two versions of this folk tale about St. John Cassian and St. Nicholas. If you don’t know St. John Cassian you should. He was a theologian and deacon who worked with St. John Chrysostom. He brought monasticism from Egypt to the Western church. His...

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