We put our shoes on the windowsill last night, and thankfully my mother-in-law came through with some Christmas socks and candy canes to assist St. Nicholas in filling them. (I’m the opposite of being "on the ball" this year, whatever that is!)
Do you do anything for St. Nick’s feast day, December 6th?
My in-laws were surprised by the tradition, which was new to them, and wondered if I had done it growing up. I hadn’t, but we started it with our oldest when he was three years old and love one more way to celebrate the Church year, instead of the secular year.
It’s a little late to be sharing this recipe for St. Nicholas cookies from last year (pictured above), but you could even make them today if you have time – there aren’t any weird ingredients that you wouldn’t have on hand as long as you make a lot from scratch anyway.
They also certainly don’t have to be relegated to solely St. Nick shapes and would make fun cut-out whole wheat cookies for any occasion, especially one where red and green frosting (I like this frosting recipe) would be appropriate!
Keeping Advent, Advent
In the face of retail Christmas starting around mid-October these days, it’s terribly difficult to keep the season of Advent and not jump right over it into "the holidays."
With moving and a still relatively new baby, I’m not even sure if we’ll be on top of many traditions for either Advent OR Christmas this year, but I’m trying. We have our Advent wreath out. We’re reading this book that Paul received from his Godmother years ago, which we LOVE. If I did one thing for Advent with children, it would be this Advent Storybook about the little bear following the star. Every year I can’t believe how well written it is, and my heart goes all soft watching the wonder in my kids’ eyes as they listen.
Here on the blog, you’ll see a lot of guest posts this month, but if you’re looking for a little something to read to keep you in the Advent season, I can refer you back to last year’s series, the Advent Daily Dose.
For the kiddos, you might also really enjoy Truth in the Tinsel, which of course has already begun, but you still have 3/4 of the activities to do this year. This eBook by Amanda White is just so. well. done. I’m head over heels for her craft ideas, simple Scripture connections for kids, and photos of each process. If your kids are too young for the Jesse Tree, this is what you’ve been looking for.
And last, if you’re looking for a sweet that is, you know, not so smart…try my favorite Christmas cookie recipe ever, the Kifli Cookies my mother has made all my life.
Hope you’re having a lovely, blessed, and unstressed day!
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