Pastor M. Beecroft, 12/06/2009
Today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day. When we lived in Germany, we participated in their custom of placing our shoes outside the door in hopes of finding them filled with goodies the next morning. According to German tradition, St. Nicholas went from house to house during the night of December 5, carrying a book in which all the children’s deeds are written. If the kids have been good, he fills their shoe with fruits, nuts and candies. If not, they may find potatoes, coal, or twigs. We always got a few twigs for good measure.
In America, St. Nicholas has been transformed into Santa Claus. He is a plump, white-bearded man in a red suit, who lives up at the North Pole with Mrs. Claus, some elves and reindeer, and an endless supply of the latest toys. On Christmas Eve, he gets on his reindeer-drawn sleigh, led by Rudolph, and then lands on rooftops, drops down chimneys, and spreads gifts underneath our Christmas Trees. He is nourished by cookies and milk. Of course, he also has a list, and he is checking it twice, to see who has been naughty and who has been nice.
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