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Seasonally Inspired Learning - Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day With Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsSaint Nicholas Day is December 6

Next week is Thanksgiving, so I will be taking the week off to enjoy the holiday with my family. When we come back, Saint Nicholas Day will be on December 6th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the holiday:

Children in families who celebrate St Nicholas’ Day receive treats – including candy, cookies, small toys, or fruit – in stockings, socks, shoes or bags on December 6. Some churches have special services dedicated to the feast of St Nicholas on this day…The legendary figure of St. Nicholas is derived from Nicholas of Myra who officiated as a bishop in 4th century Greece. During his lifetime he developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins into other people’s shoes, which accounts for many of today’s Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots. (Source timeanddate.com)

Seasonally Inspired Learning - Celebrating Saint Nicholas Day With Kids | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsCelebrating St. Nicholas Day

Here are the poem and song we will be reading and singing for St. Nicholas Day. Here are also ten ways for you and your kids to get in the mood for Thanksgiving and to have a kid-friendly Thanksgiving Day that everyone can enjoy.

Turning It Over to You

Do you celebrate St. Nicholas Day? If so, what special customs do you have? I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Seasonally Inspired Learning - Celebrating Martinmas With Children | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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