Saint Nicholas Day (December 6) is not a tradition I observed growing up. In fact, I didn’t even know about it until I was an adult and a man I worked with told me about it. When I found out it involved shoes and presents, I was all in! Sinterklaas arrived for several of my Dutch friends this morning, but I guess we Germans prep today. Must be a geography thing.
One Charming Party describes shining their best Sunday shoes and leaving them out the night of the 5th for St. Nick to fill. The first time I did this for the boy, we placed a pair of his sneakers on the porch. When he opened the door the next morning, he gasped in wonder that his shoes were filled with goodies. His reaction melted my heart, and I was hooked.
Over the years, we’ve left out everything from converse to cowboy boots, but the excitement is always the same. This year we toyed with the idea of printing and making our own paper shoes, but I’m learning that just because I saw it on the internet, doesn’t mean it will translate well into our tradition.
This year, we’ll learn a bit about the man himself before our boy places his shoes by the fireplace. We will leave a carrot or two in a napkin inside the shoe for St. Nick’s donkey.
Hopefully, no coal or salt will be found in his shoes in the morning.
Some gifts we hope to see:
anything stocking stufferish (It is so a word!)
cuties or an orange
marzipan (the kid likes it and it’s traditional)
a cookie in the shape of his initial
If you’re totally grossed out by finding food in your shoes, get over it! It’s not like you’ll be eating spaghetti out of a slipper.