Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Feast of Saint Nicholas

Look what we found on our front porch on Sunday, when we returned from church!

Five - no, make that SIX - lovely stockings, embroidered with the names of all the children (and our dog, of course!), stuffed with chocolate and other goodies. 

I think Hannah was the most excited.  She jumped up and down, exclaiming, "It's a Christmas MIRACLE!"  Well, not quite, sweetie, but it was wonderful, wasn't it?

We were all stumped until my trivia-filled brain happened to dredge up the fact that Sunday Dec. 6 is the Feast of Saint Nicholas - you know, Santa Claus?  Turns out, that the real Nicholas was a bishop of the early church, and made a practice of dropping coins in the stockings of the poor in his neighborhood.  It's a bit more involved than that, but you get the picture. . . .

How lovely to experience such a blessing.  So to whoever our mystery "Saint Nicholas" is. . . .

Thank you!

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