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post #21 of 54
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oh and everyone's opinion please..would it be silly to have my 6 month old partake in this by putting her shoe out too?
no way! why wouldn't st nick visit a 6 month old? (from your older dds perspective!) my 3 month old will have her shoe out too!
post #22 of 54
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oh and everyone's opinion please..would it be silly to have my 6 month old partake in this by putting her shoe out too?
oh, please put her little shoes out!!! and take pictures!! so precious.
post #23 of 54
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yay! i will post pics

ok so seeing as how my 6 month old can't have chocolate or or oranges yet... what should he leave her?
post #24 of 54
we are leaving a pair of wool mittens and winter by gerda muller for the 3 month old. have fun!
post #25 of 54
St. Nick's is widely celebrated in Milwaukee, WI, where I am from, too. Here, we hang our stockings on the fifth, and St. Nick comes during the night and fills them with an orange, some treats, and a small gift or two - I guess what other families would do as stocking stuffers on Christmas. We celebrate Christmas as well, with Santa bringing presents, but no stocking stuffers. When my oldest son was too young for the stuffers, we just didn't celebrate. But when my youngest son was too small, he got the same treats as everyone else, but mommy and daddy ate them. His gifts were age-appropriate.
post #26 of 54
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We're not Waldorf, but we are Catholic and do St. Nicholas day rather than Santa Claus on Christmas.
We are Catholic and Waldorf-inspired and we observe St. Nicholas Day rather than Santa Claus. We have a get-together with family and friends and we fill stockings with the children's yearly ornaments, oranges, and chocolate coins. We read lots of books and make St. Nicholas cookies with a special cutter. (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=474) We talk about the modern day Santa myth and how it developed from the life of the saint. Special but not too complicated since Advent is a time of prayer and penance for us.

This year we're also celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas ending with Epiphany on January 6. Do Waldorf families usually do this as well?
post #27 of 54
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We are Catholic and Waldorf-inspired and we observe St. Nicholas Day rather than Santa Claus. We have a get-together with family and friends and we fill stockings with the children's yearly ornaments, oranges, and chocolate coins. We read lots of books and make St. Nicholas cookies with a special cutter. (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=474) We talk about the modern day Santa myth and how it developed from the life of the saint. Special but not too complicated since Advent is a time of prayer and penance for us.

This year we're also celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas ending with Epiphany on January 6. Do Waldorf families usually do this as well?
I would LOVE to hear how you are celebrating the 12 days of xmas! I was thinking of doing this for our family as well!
post #28 of 54
Does anyone have any ideas on how to incorporate St Nicholas Day w/out actually "doing" St Nick?? What I mean is, like for Santa, Santa doesn't bring gifts to our house. We talk about the history of Santa and who he was and all, but my kids know that present day Santa is pretend. How can I do the same for St Nick, but still observe the tradition of the activity?? Ideas?? Maybe explain that why put out the shoes and all but that mama and daddy fill them w/ the gifts?? Hmm....
post #29 of 54
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We are Catholic and Waldorf-inspired and we observe St. Nicholas Day rather than Santa Claus. We have a get-together with family and friends and we fill stockings with the children's yearly ornaments, oranges, and chocolate coins. We read lots of books and make St. Nicholas cookies with a special cutter. (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=474) We talk about the modern day Santa myth and how it developed from the life of the saint. Special but not too complicated since Advent is a time of prayer and penance for us.

This year we're also celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas ending with Epiphany on January 6. Do Waldorf families usually do this as well?
i've always wanted to celebrate the twelve days of christmas! we never followed the church calendar growing up. i'm not catholic, but it's very important to me to connect with the history of my faith and to have it be an integral part of dd's church experience. i have very little idea what it looks like though! could you please share how you celebrate?
post #30 of 54
btw--zuzu: which snowbelt of NY are you located in?
post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by FillingMyQuiver View Post
Does anyone have any ideas on how to incorporate St Nicholas Day w/out actually "doing" St Nick?? What I mean is, like for Santa, Santa doesn't bring gifts to our house. We talk about the history of Santa and who he was and all, but my kids know that present day Santa is pretend. How can I do the same for St Nick, but still observe the tradition of the activity?? Ideas?? Maybe explain that why put out the shoes and all but that mama and daddy fill them w/ the gifts?? Hmm....
I think that's a good idea and basically what we'd do, I'd say.

We don't perpetuate the myth either that Santa/St. Nick comes bringing gifts. Our stockings are filled on St. Nicholas Day but we keep it very clear that it's Mom and Dad. It's about honoring the legacy of the generous saint. At first I was thinking of avoiding all mention of Santa, but now I think we'll talk about the modern day myth and how it developed from St. Nicholas and that it is some people's way of celebrating. I'm sure we'll read Christmas books that do involve Santa but just keep it clear that it's a made up story, just like many of the other books we read. Our kids are too young at this point to understand all of this, but we'll just keep talking about it year-by-year and they'll get it.

Does that help? Or even make sense?

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I would LOVE to hear how you are celebrating the 12 days of xmas! I was thinking of doing this for our family as well!
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i've always wanted to celebrate the twelve days of christmas! we never followed the church calendar growing up. i'm not catholic, but it's very important to me to connect with the history of my faith and to have it be an integral part of dd's church experience. i have very little idea what it looks like though! could you please share how you celebrate?
Well, I'm not 100% sure exactly what we'll be doing. The thing for us is that Christmas STARTS on December 25 not ENDS like it does for many people-- or at least the retailers! Since Advent is a season of preparation, prayer, and penance we don't do much partying (St. Nicholas Day being an exception, but still low-key). Sooo...I'm thinking the 12 Days will be lots of family visits, special food, crafts, and activities (like going to Lights on the Lake). My DH should have most of that time off from work, so we can squeeze lots in (weather permitting!). My idea is to do something each day whether it's a craft, a trip, making a new treat, etc. I think some traditions involve a gift on each day, but we won't be doing that. We are going to give three small gifts on Epiphany to represent the three gifts of the Magi (gold, frankincense, and myrrh). Gold is something handmade (no idea WHAT yet!), frankincense is something religious in nature, and myrrh is for the body.
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by KatelynsMomma View Post
btw--zuzu: which snowbelt of NY are you located in?
We live near Oswego.
post #33 of 54
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I think that's a good idea and basically what we'd do, I'd say.

We don't perpetuate the myth either that Santa/St. Nick comes bringing gifts. Our stockings are filled on St. Nicholas Day but we keep it very clear that it's Mom and Dad. It's about honoring the legacy of the generous saint. At first I was thinking of avoiding all mention of Santa, but now I think we'll talk about the modern day myth and how it developed from St. Nicholas and that it is some people's way of celebrating. I'm sure we'll read Christmas books that do involve Santa but just keep it clear that it's a made up story, just like many of the other books we read. Our kids are too young at this point to understand all of this, but we'll just keep talking about it year-by-year and they'll get it.

Does that help? Or even make sense?





Well, I'm not 100% sure exactly what we'll be doing. The thing for us is that Christmas STARTS on December 25 not ENDS like it does for many people-- or at least the retailers! Since Advent is a season of preparation, prayer, and penance we don't do much partying (St. Nicholas Day being an exception, but still low-key). Sooo...I'm thinking the 12 Days will be lots of family visits, special food, crafts, and activities (like going to Lights on the Lake). My DH should have most of that time off from work, so we can squeeze lots in (weather permitting!). My idea is to do something each day whether it's a craft, a trip, making a new treat, etc. I think some traditions involve a gift on each day, but we won't be doing that. We are going to give three small gifts on Epiphany to represent the three gifts of the Magi (gold, frankincense, and myrrh). Gold is something handmade (no idea WHAT yet!), frankincense is something religious in nature, and myrrh is for the body.

oooooooo....this sounds great! i love the idea of doing something special on each of the 12 days...not just a gift. And then you do a representation of the 3 gifts? so, gold could be a handmade doll, frankincense could be a rosary and lotion could be myrrh for example????
post #34 of 54
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We live near Oswego.
ahhh...you do get alot of snow up there! i had a friend in college that lived in Hannibal...which wasnt far from oswego either. its pretty up there!
post #35 of 54
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oooooooo....this sounds great! i love the idea of doing something special on each of the 12 days...not just a gift. And then you do a representation of the 3 gifts? so, gold could be a handmade doll, frankincense could be a rosary and lotion could be myrrh for example????
You got it! I have NO idea what to do for the handmade gift as I am craft-impaired. I'm going to get out my copy of The Children's Year and look for something simple!

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ahhh...you do get alot of snow up there! i had a friend in college that lived in Hannibal...which wasnt far from oswego either. its pretty up there!
It is! I lived in Rochester and Buffalo when I was in college and grad school. Are you in either of those areas?
post #36 of 54
I'm 20 minutes from Rochester in a little town called Newark. I've lived in the Finger Lakes region of NY all my life - it's truely lovely here!!

Now to catch up with the rest of the thread! LOL
post #37 of 54
Thread Starter 
ahh my NY girls!!!
I wish I was back home in NY I miss it I grew up in Syracuse. Went to Oswego all the time. One of my close friends lived there. Going up for the holidays though
post #38 of 54
i got dd2's little gift for st. nick done tonight...my first wee folk! i'll take pics tomorrow, but i'm pretty happy with it for it being my first one. i decided to do wee folk for each of the girls along with a couple pieces of chocolate and an orange each. i think the magic is more in the ritual than the actual gifts so they should be stoked..

i love making the wee folk so much i might just have to decorate my house with them..
post #39 of 54
Thread Starter 
oh I can't wait to see cat!
post #40 of 54
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It is! I lived in Rochester and Buffalo when I was in college and grad school. Are you in either of those areas?
Actually, I am right in the middle of both of these. Just south of Batavia, between Rochester and Buffalo. Where did you go to college? Sorry to interrupt the thread!
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