Saint Nicholas Day Decorations – The Joy Of Gifts
Before investing all your energy and material resources in the Christmas and New Year’s festivities, let’s make a short stopover on December the 6th when we celebrate the one who turned giving gifts into a religious ceremonial. The legend goes that Saint Nicholas, when bishop of Mya in his earthly life, had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day―St Nicholas Day. The word about his noble gesture spread and every time someone received an unexpected gift he would thank Saint Nicholas. Let’s also thank him in our own way by embellishing the home with Saint Nicholas day decorations.
What could be more expressive that the saint’s embodiment in chocolate bars, candies and the legendary coins he would slip in the shoes of the poor? An idyllic image, especially when set against a winter snow background.
Wooden and paper ornaments, all representing Saint Nicholas, ideal to adorn window sills. They are all centered upon the religious depiction of the historic character, the bishop of Myra. You can make them yourselves, along other legendary characters, and then paint them, attach a small support behind and you get yourselves some fine season figurines.
If you are more creative, then you can make Saint Nicholas figurines from felt and other fabric leftovers you find at home. These are all ideal gifts for kids and can also be hung in different places inside. Here are some suggestive images to inspire you.
If you want to lay your hand on some say more practical decorations, then make some gingerbread cookie using Saint Nicholas molds. They will surely not pass unnoticed.
There’s also the habit of hanging stocking by the fireplace which is usually associated with Christmas and Santa Claus. But did you know this habit originates in Saint Nicholas’ earthly life? They say he wanted to help the girls of a poor family who couldn’t marry because of the poverty. The bishop of Myra would climb on the roof the poor girls’ home and slip a purse of gold into a stocking and then drop it down the chimney.
Sources: Stnicholascenter.org, Pinterest.com