December 6 -- St. Nicholas (as posted in the Farmer's Almanac)
In Holland, everyone celebrates the Feast of Sinterklaas, or St. Nicholas, on the eve of December 6. After dinner, Dutch families hunt for presents, following clues in funny, anonymous poems. They also eat candies and cookies. The legend of St. Nicholas is, like the lives of many saints, shrouded in mystery. We know that he was a bishop during the fourth century. In many places in the United States and abroad, children still place their shoes by the window or door for St. Nicholas to fill them with presents and sweets. He is considered the patron saint of children.
Since one of my best friends is in Holland and we exchange gifts every year ... the DH and I intended to celebrate tonight. We got our package 2 days ago and it was hard to wait. So this morning we gave in and look what was in our package this year ...
Slipper Wooden Shoes! And of course Chocolate.
But the slippers aren't really made of wood, but foam. "What a hoot!" exclaimed my DH. "I love 'em!" Well we both love 'em. See?
Now for that dark yummy chocolate ...
Goes great with knitting, so it won't last long!