.: Three sets of wooden clogs full with the gifts of St. Nicholas Day! :.
In the early morning hours as the sky was still dark, three little ones came in to wake mama and daddy exclaiming: "Saint Nicholas was here! Saint Nicholas was here!" He had paid them a visit!
Three sets of little feet ran down the winding old stairs while mama and daddy crawled out of bed into warm sweaters and into the kitchen to set out some tea.
.: The clogs were set out in the evening with hay for Nicholas' white horse! :.
The children had set out their wooden clogs the night before with hay for Nicholas' white horse. Now they were all full with clementines, a symbolic gift to remind us to be sweet. Golden chocolate coins remind us of the giving nature of Nicholas, and that we too can give freely to others before thinking of ourselves.
.: I carved branches and painted them for each child's shoe to resemble St. Nicholas! :.
Wee handmade toys were wrapped in tissue papers and wool yarns--a handmade gnome girl, sweetly knitted bags for each child which held tucked within an old-fashioned game of jacks, carved branches painted in the likeness of Saint Nicholas, and chalk for three slates....
.: Hand-knit bags filled with an old-fashioned game of Jacks made by Julie! :.
On each day leading up to this magical morning we read a story of Nicholas' life and the goodness that he cultivated in the world. as we enjoyed chocolate coins and sweet clementines, we read the last story that reminded us to shine our inner lights.
.: We enjoy many artist's renditions of St. Nicholas in this St. Nicholas Day book! :.
We gave daddy a hug as he went off to work. The children and I went to gather pine tree branches in hopes of creating a winter wreath to adorn our door. Each child took a turn weaving a pine branch into the form that was set out before them.
The wreath was passed around with each child enjoying the weaving process that will create our winter wreath.
.: Walnuts and golden coins--a traditional gift for us on this celebratory occasion! :.
The house become full with the gorgeous scent of pine as we wove the branches and the needles began to fall to the floor around us. We continued to snack on clementines and the scents that filled our home on this celebratory morning warmed us.
.: Tucked away are beeswax walnut shell candles I created with sweet knit leaves and an acorn created by my friend Joy :.
.: Little gnome girl handmade by 'The little gnomes home' :.
The skies on this morning were white and the flurries began to swirl all around us. Last St. Nicholas day the snow also began to fall as if on cue, The air was full with magic adding so much joy into our day.
As we walked back indoors the house was still scented with clementine and pine. We decided to put all of our peels and needles to boil on top of the stove so that our house would continue to hold the warmth that was this days celebration for daddy to enjoy when he arrived home and we re-tell our adventures!
.: I look forward to sharing our magical day of wreath-making in my next post! :.