Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Happy St. Nick's Day!

Happy St. Nick's Day, everyone!

What?  You've never heard of St. Nick's Day?  That's okay - neither has 90% of the country.  :D

I grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin (Go PACK!), which in the Seventies and Eighties was about 95% Catholic.  I was one of the 5% that wasn't (I grew up Presbyterian).  In the suburb of Ashwaubenon, where we actually lived, it was more like 98% Catholic so everyone I knew got their stockings filled with awesome treats.  Right around 5th grade my parents caved to the pressure and we got these awesome Avon lip gloss pots in the shape of a hamburger.  I think I may still have mine somewhere.  :D

So you'd think that other Catholics would be celebrating this holiday, then?  Apparently not.  Judging from my Catholic Facebook friends who didn't grow up in Wisconsin, this is a weird regional holiday.  According to Wikipedia, cities with a strong German heritage (like Green Bay, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Cincinnati) celebrate it but it's not widely known in the U.S.

If you're a Gentile and you don't celebrate St. Nick's, that's okay.  I don't either.  But check out this AWESOME packet of Christmas card holders, featuring St. Nick (ish) himself, that I got at Old Stuff Only.  I'm going to take a guess and say these are from the 70s - there's no price on the package or that would probably be a better giveaway as to the time period.

I probably won't be using it as a Christmas card holder (I hardly get any anymore!), but I do think I should use it for something.  How do you all feel about that?  Should I keep it intact or use the tiny Santas?  I'd love your input!  :D

1 comment:

  1. I lived in Germany for 3 years and every year on December 5th {I think} you put your shoe on the window sill and hay by the door for St Nick's donkey. St Nick would fill your shoe with delicious candies.