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    Question St. Nick night ??

    I'm thoroghly embarrassed, but I cannot remember the date of St. Nick night.
    You know, the evening small prizes are left in stockings for the children
    to find in the morning---a pre-Christmas teaser. I'm sure it is early in
    December, but the exact date escapes me.

    TIA for the help!

    (DS and DD are asking for books from our school book fair, and I thought that
    these would be great stocking stuffers!)
    DoDo

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    My mom always did St. Nick's on the night of Dec 5, so that when we got up on Dec 6, there would be gifts in our shoes. I'm 37 now and my mom still sends a St. Nick's gift and it's fun!

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    ktg0930,

    Thanks for the quick reply! I was thinking it was either the 3rd or 5th.
    I will write it on my calendar so as not to forget in the future.

    Your mom is sooo sweet! Bless her heart! What a fun tradition!

    Happy Holidays,
    DoDo
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    I have never heard of it!
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    St. Nick was a tradition in our Catholic Household. My Mom, aka St. Nick, always gave us in a brown paper bag, salted peanuts in the shell, a candy cane and an orange. She would send us off to the living room and knock on the back door and she would yell "St.Nick was here" we would run to get our our paper bags sitting on the steps. We fell for that for quite a few years!

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    I'll do St. Nicholas for almost 50 kids this year. They'll leave their shoes on the 5th, and will receive candy on the 6th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goin' Coastal
    I have never heard of it!
    Me either. Sounds like we got gypped out of a lot of peanuts and candy!
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    In Holland, it's the traditional holiday when kids get their presents, instead of Christmas (and Santa). When we lived there, St.Nick would go from house to house with his very non-PC black helper and when he left, all the presents would 'magically' appear.

    Angela

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    I'm Catholic but somehow my parents must have missed this tradition. Sounds like fun.

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    Our Catholic household did this as well when I was growing up. This year I will be visiting my parents, so I bet my mom has something planned.
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    yup we did this too. for some reason we had a wooden dutch shoe. we would leave it out with our list for santa on night of dec 5th and on morning of dec 6th it would have some candy and chocolate goldfoil wrapped coins in it. i plan to do the same for my kids when they are old enough to have a list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelamaria
    yup we did this too. for some reason we had a wooden dutch shoe. we would leave it out with our list for santa on night of dec 5th and on morning of dec 6th it would have some candy and chocolate goldfoil wrapped coins in it. i plan to do the same for my kids when they are old enough to have a list.
    This explains much! Thanks for mentioning it. In one craft shop we shop at I'd guess that 20% of the Christmas stuff is dutch shoe themed. DH and I had no idea of this tradition.
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