The Other I

December 6, 2011

Happy Saint-a-Claus Day

Filed under: Cultural Differences — theotheri @ 3:30 pm

Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas, the original bishop from Holland, who has morphed into Santa Claus.

In my childhood we celebrated Christmas, but maintained the custom from our Dutch heritage and also celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas when we put our shoes outside to be filled with a gift from the saintly bishop.

My sister has just shared with me her efforts to spread this lovely tradition further afield.  Years ago she and her husband were friends with a family with 3 children, and they encouraged them to let them start the St. Nicholas tradition.  My sister surreptitiously asked each of the children what they wanted St. Nicholas to bring them.and received a request for a baton, and chocolate chip cookies.  Jason, the youngest,  said he hoped St. Nicholas would bring him a loaf of banana bread like the ones my sister makes.    So the night of December 5, she and her husband went over to the house and after the kids were in bed, left the treats in their waiting shoes.

The next morning, Jason asked his mother why St. Nicholas brought him a meat loaf.

And do you know what?  My said sister still doesn’t label the food she puts into her freezer.





  1. I remember doing this when I was in catholic elementary school! Our principle would always leave us little treats in the shoes we left outside of our classroom but I always thought it was so strange to not wear shoes when our school was so strict on the rest of our uniform. haha.


    Comment by Leanna — December 6, 2011 @ 3:48 pm | Reply

    • Sounds as if you had the same kind of nuns I did. They were very strict — especially about the girls’ uniforms. The boys got away with more. I don’t remember their celebrating St. Nicholas Day though. Were your nuns a Dutch or German order by any chance?


      Comment by theotheri — December 7, 2011 @ 9:10 pm | Reply

      • Honestly don’t know. I wasn’t taught by nuns. We had moved to normal teachers by then and nuns were actually our lunch lady’s. I live in a pretty large dutch influenced city though so that is probably where it came from. I think they were just trying to have a little fun.


        Comment by Leanna — December 8, 2011 @ 9:17 am

  2. hi i enjoyed reading your blog.i dont surpose any of you ladys are looking for a christian husband.iam 38 and from england.we could talk about religion and history which iam intersted in.


    Comment by STEPHEN — December 6, 2011 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Stephen. And good luck on your search. Companions who share some of the serious issues in life are a wonderful gift. I would feel like a true match-maker if you met someone via this blog.


      Comment by theotheri — December 7, 2011 @ 9:02 pm | Reply

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