Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Get Ready for St Nicholas' Day! Free Printable!

Download a PDF sheet of St Nicholas tags and stamps!

In some countries, gift-giving occurs on December 6, St Nicholas' Day. For example, in Holland, "Sinterklass" arrives on a white horse, followed by Black Pete, his helper, giving out gifts and filling wooden shoes with goodies.

Santa Claus is derived from this very special Eastern Orthodox saint. The website, www.stnicholascenter.org, has this to say about St Nicholas:

"The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to 'sell what you own and give the money to the poor,' Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, where a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance, said to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).

Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds. These accounts help us understand his extraordinary character and why he is so beloved and revered as protector and helper of those in need."

Why not add a celebration of St Nicholas Day to your holiday remembrances? You can find out more about him at St Nicholas Center online. To aid you in your St Nicholas celebrations, you can download this free PDF sheet of tags and postage featuring St Nicholas. I carved the image out an eraser in 2004, printed it, and scanned it to make these printables for you. Enjoy!

Download a PDF sheet of St Nicholas tags and stamps!

2 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

These are so nice and really unique! Thanks so much, I'll be linking to this.

anneke said...

Thanks! Busy with our St Nicholas-preparations it's fun to come across some St Nicholas tags and stamps!
My son and I made a 'surprise' this morning, meaning we make a fake present to hide what's the real gift and we'll add a poem to it.

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