St. Nicholas' Feast Day is December 6th, but it seems that as with holiday busyness and with a lot going on, some celebrations have to get extended or postponed. Grace abounds this season. :)
So, we celebrated a couple days late with our annual secret St. Nicholas candy delivery. We covered little candy bars with these St. Nicholas' papers (instead of the traditional practice of baking St. Nicholas cookies) and delivered them to neighbor's doorsteps under the cover of the night.
(It's like "booing" around Halloween and dropping off May Day flowers in the spring. We practically have one time each season to try to knock on neighbor's doors, leave a treat, and run like the wind trying not to get caught!)
There is a wonderful reflection on St. Nicholas here from a weekly blog that shares on art and faith.
I loved the benediction in the reflection:
"May God give us all a heart of mercy like St. Nicholas; eyes that see the needs around us; hands that are not stingy; strength to carry the weak; and boldness to call on God’s miraculous intervention in situations that are more than we can handle."
It was super wet last night as we ran around to a few houses trying not to get caught or soaked. Below is a picture of Taylor waiting as Anna and Jason were delivering the goodies to one house.
Even though the official day to observe St. Nicolas' Day has passed, wrap up some candy bars or bake up some cookies and try to be a secret Santa in your neighborhood!