I am not one, and have never been one, to make Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) the focus of the Christmas Season. Jesus Christ is the focus of the season here at my house and in our hearts. I always told my kids that it isn't Santa Claus that watches them to see if they have been good but that it is Jesus that watches them to see if they have been good and then HE reports back to his friend Santa. I know that sounds silly but I didn't want to leave Santa out of Christmas altogether because of the traditional (and historical) significance of who he was. Since his birthday is December 6th, I thought I would do a quick post about this Saint using some of my ornaments, ephemera and other misc items.
The following is an excerpt from the book "Victorian Family Traditions" by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
Nicholas, the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, was said to have lived around A.D. 325. He was well-beloved for his compassion and generosity, mysteriously providing food, warm clothing, and even bags of gold for the needy.
Legend has it that St. Nicholas, riding his white horse down from heaven, pays nocturnal visits to children on the eve of his birthday to prepare their hearts for the coming of the Christ Child.
Below are a few more pieces of antique ephemera from my collection. I think the postcard depicts such a sweet gentle looking Saint Nicholas. The piece in front of the sleigh depicts a bit of a grouch I think. :)
This is a reproduction gift bag that I couldn't pass up for free at one of our sales.
And here are a few of my Victorian looking Saint Nicolas ornaments.
Isn't the Saint Nick with the fur a funny looking guy?
I am off work through December so I will be posting more Christmas as I get it done. Thanks so much for your visit and have a blessed day!
Thank you to Bernideen for featuring my Stepback Cupboard and dishes on her Tea Party blog last week.
And to Patti over at What's It Wednesday for also featuring that post.
This week I will be joining the following parties...
AMAZE ME MONDAY with Cindy
FRIENDS SHARING TEA with Bernideen
NO PLACE LIKE HOME with Sandi
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena
LET'S TALK VINTAGE with Jillian
HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY with Kathy
HOME SWEET HOME with Sherry
FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY with Courtney
WHAT'S IT WEDNESDAY with Patti
SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY with Jann
SHOW AND TELL FRIDAY with Cindy