~ Treats from St. Nicholas ~
Every year our children are given new slippers on the feast of St. Nicholas. However, last year I purchased extra big sizes. The oldest four still fit in their slippers and Snuggles has plenty of hand-me-downs from his big brothers... I just couldn't justify the extra expense this year. (Only Rose really could use a pair of slippers and there is always her birthday on the 15th, or Christmas.) So, before bed the children lined up their slippers and Rose's boots to be filled with treats from St. Nicholas!
As for this year's picture books: I purchased Santa Lucia last year (It arrived the day after the feast of St. Lucy, so I decided to save it for this year). It is such a wonderful book and I am so excited to have it in our collection! Though not exactly a Christmas Book, I ran across The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane a couple months ago and saved it to give to Rascal. You can read a bit more about it here. The Huron Carol, Noah's Ark, and another copy of Christmas in the Manger were all on clearance for a couple dollars each at Book Closeouts. And the book I choose for Twinkle Toes, The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus' Birth, was ordered from Amazon. I am really looking forward to reading it with her!
In addition to the picture books, the children also received St. Nicholas Chocolate Coins, Mini St. Nick Chocolates (I bought one of the Lindt Santas the day after Thanksgiving to decorate as St. Nicholas for the whole family, but even on sale they were too expensive to buy EIGHT of them! So, I found the small Palmer chocolates so each child could have their own this year), and homemade St. Nicholas Holy Card's with little notes to each child on the back.
You can find lots of Vintage Christmas and St. Nicholas Images which can be used for personal use here.
~ Candy Cane Cocoa ~
~ Decorating St. Nicholas Cupcakes ~
Silly girl! She is so fast... I guess she thought it was worth a try!
And don't you just love her little pinky finger! :-)
~ St. Nicholas Cookies & Picture Books ~
(*not pictured since it was in the basket to be unwrapped and read before bedtime)
(this picture was taken on Dec 5th)
Speaking of books... I've added a few books on St. Nicholas that we haven't read to our "wishlist" to keep in mind for next year. I would love to hear if any of you have read them:
~ Surprise Gifts! ~
We were surprised by three packages that arrived with the mail...
Humm! Three for the Holy Trinity!! :-)
The first package was a sweetly wrapped gift from Lena!
Lena recently hosted a wonderful little giveaway for her beautiful hand-made Our Lady of Good Remedy Glass Tile Necklaces. I was so excited to the recipient of one of them!! When I opened the package I was pleasantly surprised with a gorgeous St. Therese necklace as well.
And just look at the precious picture on the back of the necklace!!!!
Thank you Lena!!
The second package was from author Anthony DeStefano containing his lovely new Christmas picture book, "Little Star." I will try and post a review of this book soon! :-) Thank you Mr. DeStefano!!
The third package arrived in the afternoon via UPS, and it was SUCH a surprise! I had been eyeing this beautiful little wooden nativity on Amazon, especially since it is made by the same artist as our favorite Advent Calendar! Thank you so very much Magdalena!
I truly have been so completely blessed by the friendships I have made through this little blog! It is impossible for me (though I do keep trying!) to keep up with all the comments and sweet emails/letters. Please know that even if I don't always respond they mean so very much to me and always (especially the emails of encouragement!) seem to arrive at just the perfect time! So many of you have sent us little gifts and offered prayers for our family and we are truly thankful. You are all in our own family prayers!
you were a kind and generous man
and a special friend of children.
I pray that I may always show my gratitude
to people who are good to me.
May I return their kindness with love
and may I never hesitate
to share their care with others.
Sancte Nicolae, Ora Pro Nobis!