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December 6th Is St. Nicholas Day: What Is It?

Ever wonder why Santa Claus is also referred to as Old Saint Nick? Saint Nicholas was a Greek saint known for his secretive method of gift giving. In particular he would often sneak coins into children's shoes as they slept. To honor this great Saint, Dec. 6 became a holiday where many countries throughout Europe celebrate his birthday. Modern traditions include filling children's shoes with sweets and chocolates during the middle of the night.
 
Hmm, a man who sneaks into your home at night leaving gifts and cheer, sound familiar? Of course it does, America's Santa Claus and Canada's Father Christmas are both based on the European's celebration of Saint Nicholas. 
 
For those of us who love candy themed holidays like Halloween and Easter, St. Nicholas day is a perfect addition to your holiday traditions!
 
View the slideshow above for info on St. Nicholas day!
 
Getting excited about the holidays? check out Fir Real and Curator Report: Holiday Prep to learn some decorating tips to make this year's holiday season even more special.
 
Photo Credit: flickr/FacemePLS

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