Thursday, December 06, 2007

With Hopes That St Nicholas Soon Would Be There...

Up until now, St Nicholas Day has not been celebrated in our house. Growing up, my younger sister's birthday trumped any thoughts of St Nicholas' Day. Happy Birthday, sis!

Since then, our Alex's birthday has offered us a break every year from increasingly hectic Christmas shopping. I feel that that's what the celebration of St Nicholas' Day offers a lot of families-- it's a splash of joy and holiday cheer, a chance to put aside the list of things to be done and just enjoy the season.


So, we're joining the throngs of wise people who celebrate St Nicholas' Day this year and we're wondering why we didn't do this sooner.


Happy feast day, sweet little Nicholas!

Now, in an effort to spread a little holiday cheer, I post a list of my favorite things about this time of year in the order they pop into my head...

  1. Marshmallows. Square ones, round ones, even those tiny chalky ones found in store-bought cocoa mixes, but not so much the colored ones.
  2. Snowflakes and snowmen illustrated in children's books, pictured on mugs and dinner plates, happy little snowmen and paper snowflakes, or these (HT: Lifenut).
  3. Flannel sheets, slippers, and quilts with wool batting.
  4. Candle lit dinners around our Our Advent wreath and the late evening glow from our Nativity.
  5. Knitted hats and scarves and mittens with strings.
  6. Boy's woolen church coats with toggles or buttons.
  7. Christmas carolers and song books.
  8. "Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!"
  9. Our woodstove burning bright with a trivet of steaming cinnamon and cloves on top.
  10. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Choir of King's College Cambridge. It begins with the single voice of a young boy leading "Once in Royal David's City." I understand a new child is selected every year, quite an honor (terrifying too, I'm sure). Also, this recording of the Congregational Hymn "While Shepherds Watched" captures the very essence of Christmas in sound.
So, what are some of your favorite things about this time of year?

10 comments:

Ambrose said...

Young babies, their roly-polyness in fleecy footed sleepers.

Quite awe in front of the just-completed Christmas tree.

The Boston Camerata Christmas album with O Magnum Mysterium on it.

Snowy evenings watched from inside some charming little place, sipping on Champagne or great coffee.

That warm dozy feeling at Midnight Mass.

Beck said...

Once In Royal David's City
It's a Wonderful Life
Hot Chocolate With Whipped Cream
Candy Canes
Presents
Driving through town and looking at Christmas lights on all the houses
My children's breathless excitement

Johane said...

Holiday cookies and goodies...
Huddling together with the kids under a blanket and watching Christmas movies...
Visiting with family I don't get a chance to see often enough...
The mountains freshly covered in snow...
Practicing for the Christmas mass...
Kid's Christmas concert...
Pulling out the porcelaine nativity set that my mother and I made many years ago....

I enjoy the Christmas season in every one of its aspects. :D

Jen said...

Babies first Christmas, the hush of a snowy day, warm fires, a mug of warm coffee with Chocolate Mint Truffle creamer (okay, so I'm addicted), lots and lots of blankets to snuggle up with at bedtime, Christmas music...

Ellen Connolly said...

WHIPPED CREAM piled high on pretty much ANYTHING.

Colleen said...

The pink flush in cold cheeks, gingerbread houses, candy cane countdowns, millions of wonderful picture books, quiet mornings alone in the light of the Christmas tree, the look of sweet surprise on innocent faces...and, I have to concur, little boys in coats and flannel button downs...pure delight!

Alice Gunther said...

Happy Feast!

I love the knit hat!

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electroblogster said...

Once In Royal David's City

...and I can barely see. Those notes move my insides in an indescribable way. I am going to go listen right now!

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