The stockings were hung
By the chimney with care
In the hopes that St. Nicholas
Soon would be there.
Chances are you know a certain jolly old elf from this famous line in Clement Moore's poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," but did you know that St. Nicholas was a real person who spread kindness and goodwill nearly 2,000 years ago?
Born near the end of the 3rd century in what is now Turkey, Nicholas of Myra devoted his life to helping those in need, especially children. St. Nicholas visited children's homes at night to leave fruit, nuts and other things they needed in their shoes. Children still hang their stockings by the chimney on the night of December 5 in the hopes that St. Nick will leave them treats or small gifts!
Many countries around the world celebrate St. Nicholas Day on December 6 as a way to remember his generosity and good deeds. Learn more about the patron saint of children and his kindness through one of these great books.
The Baker's Dozen: New York baker Van Amsterdam discovers the true meaning of generosity when an old woman visits his shop and asks for gingerbread cookies in the shape of St. Nicholas.
The Legend of Saint Nicholas: Learn more about 4th century bishop Nicholas of Myra, whose kindness to children and all people in need still inspires families and friends around the world.
The Real St. Nicholas: Perfect for family sharing and reading aloud, this anthology includes legends and stories about St. Nicholas from countries such as Russia, Greece, Holland, Armenia and more.