All woke to find a "letter" on the table, saying, "Did you know that Santa Claus was first known as St. Nicholas? Watch this video to find out how a young boy grew up to be St. Nick. After, check your boots for a wonderful surprise. Now, it's your turn to be like St. Nicholas! Do something in secret for someone else today (do something nice but don't tell them that you did)."
The kids enjoyed the movie from CCC, Nicholas: The Boy Who Became Santa. This year we have been fielding questions from Skipper about Santa Claus. He's at that age. Today he asked if he was still alive. I told him that St. Nicholas, whose life started the stories of Santa Claus, lived and died long ago, but that he was now a saint in Heaven and the spirit of Santa Claus lives on. I'm still not sure what he thinks of that!
Finding the chocolate coins was a real treat, and I had a few blissful moments of quiet as they chomped away. Miss Bear opened up the Advent book for today (Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer). This book tied in nicely with the chocolate treat - from the coins that St. Nicholas left the daughters of his friend so that they can marry.
A fun St. Nick lunch of pancakes (with a banana cross, if you can see it) sprinkled with powdered sugar and grape juice for the "Bisschopswijn," a mulled wine or cider recipe traditionally served on Sinterklaas Day and throughout the holidays and winter in Holland. The kids devoured their lunch!
O good holy Saint Nicholas, you who brought joy to children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood about which the Gospel speaks. Teach me how to sow happiness around me. Amen.