Learning from St. NickThe tradition commemorates the generosity of St. Nicholas. Legend has it that a widower with three daughters feared for their futures since he could not provide a proper dowry for any of them. When St. Nicholas heard of this plight, he secretly visited their house three times, dropping a bag of gold coins in through the window each night – one for the dowry of each daughter.
Other Advent feastsCelebrating feasts like that of St. Nicholas is a simple, fun way to reflect upon and learn from the saints as we prepare for the coming of Christ. Other feasts during Advent include:
- Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8 – We celebrate Our Lady who was conceived without sin (Remember, this is a holy day of obligation)
- Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12 – Mary appeared to Juan Diego multiple times and ultimately left her image on his tilma, leading to the conversion of 8-10 million natives (This is a great day for a Mexican dinner!)
- St. Lucy, Dec. 13 – A fourth century martyr, St. Lucy's feast day and name are associated with light (You can light candles and ask for her special intercession)
I'm looking forward to adding a couple more traditions to my Advent season, but St. Nicholas is still by far my favorite. But then, I didn't get gold in my shoe this year ... does that mean I'm getting coal in my stocking?
You can read more about "The real St. Nicholas" at osv.com, or learn about how a "Santa-loving priest spreads spirit of St. Nick."
For more ideas about how to celebrate Advent, download the "30 ways to make Advent, Christmas stress-free" PDF.