Happy St. Nicholas Day! It holds the honorable award of “holiday with the most photos of appalling bed-head” from my childhood. You’re never too old for some oranges, chocolates, and a small gift. During the first year away at college Mom enlisted my pastor’s aid. His wife collected a few classic St. Nicholas Day items. She couldn’t put them in my shoe, but did send a kid to shove a filled shoebox at me and run away giggling.
I love the way Advent anticipation builds toward Christmas bit by bit. Advent wreaths, calendars, and readings, each a reminder to prepare your heart for the birth of Christ and his looked-for second coming. That and a chance to duke it out with your siblings for the right to light the next Advent candle. So much for peace on earth.
Making Christmas cards:
Hanging lights on the front porch.
Christmas cookie baking.
Caroling with women at church.
Setting out the first Christmas decorations: the Nativity, holly-embroidered linens, and a bowl of oranges and chocolate.
Watching wreaths, lights, and garlands pop up around the neighborhood.
Wrapping gifts and packing boxes.
Carols on pandora.com – my favorite channel is Chanticleer (Holiday).