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Friday, December 6, 2013

St. Nicholas Day

How I loved St. Nicholas day when our children were little. They always put their shoes outside their bedroom doors and we put in a few gold covered chocolates and maybe a tangerine or a small toy. It wasn't a mini Christmas, just a reminder of the great saint who loved the poor. We liked to tell the story of St. Nicholas providing dowries for poor women in his village who otherwise couldn't marry. (Some customs are well gone!)

What will I do for the poor this Advent season in memory of St. Nicholas? The food pantry at the parish comes to mind and the Giving Tree in the Church vestibule filled with wish-list items -- so many opportunities to share this time of year -- and they make the light of Advent shine brighter.

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