Saint Nicholas Day is Monday. That means Sunday night our kids will be setting out their shoes (well probably their boots because they think they will be filled with more goodies that way) and we will be reading some stories about St Nicholas.

 One is called The Baker’s Dozen  in which a baker learns that by giving more of his own possessions, he will receive greater rewards. This is a great way to teach young children about the joy of giving, and about the life of St. Nicholas

There is a wonderful list of picture books for older children here  and younger children here at the Saint Nicholas Center.  I LOVE this website. There are games for kids, tons of history & stories about him from several countries. They also have a little shop that offers prayer cards, ornaments, buttons,  St Nick items from Germany & England and:                                                                                                                                Cookie Cutters~!

 waiting for icing ~ crosses on the hats

and a crozier (staff).

 So today (on thankful Thursdayish) I am thankful for St Nicholas & the example he set of being generous, for fun family traditions, &  for yummy ginger cookies.

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