December 6th is St. Nicholas Day. We talk about St. Nicholas in our house, but we don't leave out shoes or anything. It isn't a tradition Mr. B or I grew up with. (My German grandma didn't grow up with it, either.) We love the story of the real St. Nicholas, though, and share that with the girls.
Above are two books. The Real Santa Claus by Marianna Mayer is a very wordy picture book, illustrated by beautiful old paintings. We checked it out from the library, and it appears to be out of print. On a simpler scale is The Baker's Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Alan Shepard is a retelling of a Colonial American folktale that captures the spirit of the day. And there's a cookie recipe. Recipes in picture books are always a plus for me.
For lots more St. Nicholas resources, check out the St. Nicholas Center website.
And because I get a kick out of the guy, um, Gruß vom Krampus. Tee hee hee.
More seasonal goodness to come! Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!
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