Belgium St. Nicholas
Four years ago when my son was a baby, I started a TrAdItIoN that families around the world have been doing for ages. December 6th is the celebration of St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas was known for his GeNeRoSiTy to those in need and his love for children.
Italian St. Nicholas
In many European countries, on December 5th, the eve of St. Nicholas Day children leave their ShOeS outside of the bedroom doors and wait for St. Nicholas to leave them a surprise. I have my children do the same thing with their favorite shoes and I love to see their excitement when they wake up in the morning to find that St. Nicholas has visited our home. I feel this is a great way to “KiCk OfF” the holiday season and teach my children about a Saint who was so giving to little ones like themselves. You can read more about St. Nicholas at www.stnicholascenter.org.
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My son's first St. Nicholas Night 2007
St. Nicholas Night 2010 – Let’s hope my son Nicholas has a better day this December 5th so he doesn’t have to get another letter and underwear in his shoes!
One of my least favorite things to do is exercise. Even though I’m home all day the minutes fill up with to-do’s that give me easy excuses to not find time. One thing I’ve learned is if I put my favorite pair of RUNNING shoes right next to my bed and wear my workout clothes when I go to sleep, I’m more motivated to exercise the next day. When I wake up, the first thing I do is put on my running shoes. All day long I’m constantly reminded, yet prepped and ready to go so when the mood strikes I can literally start running! Sounds like an easy concept, but often the simplest ideas are the ones we overlook. Don’t get me wrong, even with my running shoes on all day, there are times that the clock says 7 p.m. and I still haven’t hit the road running. Regardless, I can guarantee that I was more active around the house just because I had a little BooSt in my step. Just an idea!