Last year I shared about our new family tradition of celebrating the feast day of St Nicholas as a way to address the “Santa issue.” Every parent has to figure out what you’re going to do about Santa and our hope was to separate the jolly old man from Christmas day by looking back at the historic Saint Nicholas and honoring his commitment to extravagant giving to the poor. Eventually I think we will give our family presents on Dec 6.
This year we had six toddlers, four infants, two pregnant women and a bunch of moms, dads and grandparents come to our house to remember the bishop from Myra. We made bishops’ miters, decorated cookies and heard the story of Saint Nicholas. And, of course, at the door shoes were filled to remind us of how the extravagance of God’s generousity is often found in the most unexpected of places.