Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

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Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

Post by Del » Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:44 am

Today is jolly old St. Nick's special day.

Blessings to Monarchist, and all who claim Bishop Nicholas as a patron!

Nicholas was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of Turkey). He participated at the Council of Nicea, where he is said to have punched Arius in the face.

In the East, there are more churches dedicated to St. Nicholas than any other saint. He is the patron of sailors, perfumers, pawn brokers, children (of course), and many other professions.

In Western Europe, many cultures give gifts to children on this day, more so than at Christmas. Many families in Wisconsin still hold some old traditions on St. Nicholas's Day.

Does your family have any traditions for St. Nicholas Day?
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Re: Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

Post by tuttle » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:03 am

Del wrote: Does your family have any traditions for St. Nicholas Day?
no. but after reading your post I am considering beginning a new tradition.

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Re: Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

Post by Skip » Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:41 am

tuttle wrote:
Del wrote: Does your family have any traditions for St. Nicholas Day?
no. but after reading your post I am considering beginning a new tradition.

On every November the 6th I shall punch a heretic in the face.
Great idea, but I think I'll wait until December 6. :wink:
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Post by Cliff » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:08 am

Good Idea. I am alone but will do something special today.
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Post by FredS » Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:32 am

St Nicholas is coming to our church tonight!

OK, it's really just one of his helpers, but he's going to present a biographical history of the real St Nick.

EDIT: Like Del, I'd like to give a special shout out to our very own Brother Nick. I wish you had more time to spend with us. You're a cool guy.
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Post by mountainman » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:04 am

In Germany, kids put their boots out and St. Nick comes that night to check up on them before Christmas. If they're good, they get fruits, nuts, candy etc left in their boots. If they're bad, they get rocks or coal. And if they are really bad, the bad Santa comes and gives them spankings! Our kids got some spiced nuts, a small toy, and a piece of candy.
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Re: Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

Post by tuttle » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:06 am

Skip wrote:
tuttle wrote:
Del wrote: Does your family have any traditions for St. Nicholas Day?
no. but after reading your post I am considering beginning a new tradition.

On every November the 6th I shall punch a heretic in the face.
Great idea, but I think I'll wait until December 6. :wink:
D'oh!

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Re: Dec. 6 - Feast of St. Nicholas

Post by DepartedLight » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:08 am

Del wrote:[St.] Nicholas was bishop of Myra in Lycia (now part of Turkey). He participated at the Council of Nicea, where he is said to have punched Arius in the face.
I heard he bit off a piece of his ear.
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Post by tuttle » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:14 am

"At the first Council of Nicea, Nicholas, bishop of Myra, met the arguments of Arius by bestowing upon the jaw of that venerable presbyter such a violent blow that a temporary disuse of that important organ of debate was rendered necessary" (Lewis George Janes, A Study of Primitive Christianity, 294).
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Post by AFRS » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:19 am

tuttle wrote:"At the first Council of Nicea, Nicholas, bishop of Myra, met the arguments of Arius by bestowing upon the jaw of that venerable presbyter such a violent blow that a temporary disuse of that important organ of debate was rendered necessary" (Lewis George Janes, A Study of Primitive Christianity, 294).
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Post by Skip » Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:24 am

AFRS wrote:
tuttle wrote:"At the first Council of Nicea, Nicholas, bishop of Myra, met the arguments of Arius by bestowing upon the jaw of that venerable presbyter such a violent blow that a temporary disuse of that important organ of debate was rendered necessary" (Lewis George Janes, A Study of Primitive Christianity, 294).
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Post by OldWorldSwine » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:06 pm

Skip wrote:
AFRS wrote:
tuttle wrote:"At the first Council of Nicea, Nicholas, bishop of Myra, met the arguments of Arius by bestowing upon the jaw of that venerable presbyter such a violent blow that a temporary disuse of that important organ of debate was rendered necessary" (Lewis George Janes, A Study of Primitive Christianity, 294).
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Post by Kerdy » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:16 pm

Woo-hoo for St. Nick!
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Post by Digz » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:24 pm

Our tradition is pretty close to the typical German one.. Kiddies each received a stocking of fruits, candies, etc when St. Nick stopped over last night. Our daughter (now 6) recalled the story of St. Nicholas to the others at breakfast this morning. :)

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Post by tuttle » Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:49 pm

Digz wrote:Our tradition is pretty close to the typical German one.. Kiddies each received a stocking of fruits, candies, etc when St. Nick stopped over last night. Our daughter (now 6) recalled the story of St. Nicholas to the others at breakfast this morning. :)
yeah, but who did she punch?
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Post by Digz » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:42 pm

tuttle wrote:
Digz wrote:Our tradition is pretty close to the typical German one.. Kiddies each received a stocking of fruits, candies, etc when St. Nick stopped over last night. Our daughter (now 6) recalled the story of St. Nicholas to the others at breakfast this morning. :)
yeah, but who did she punch?
Her brother, of course! :)

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Post by Thunktank » Mon Dec 06, 2010 1:59 pm

My youngest son's Patron Saint is St. Nicholas. We honor his namesday with a small present and namesday fudge. Before bed, we'll pray an Akathist in St. Nicks honor.

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Post by Irish-Dane » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:25 pm

Thunktank wrote:My youngest son's Patron Saint is St. Nicholas. We honor his namesday with a small present and namesday fudge. Before bed, we'll pray an Akathist in St. Nicks honor.
I want to join the religion that has fudge named after Saints.

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Post by Thunktank » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:28 pm

Irish-Dane wrote:
Thunktank wrote:My youngest son's Patron Saint is St. Nicholas. We honor his namesday with a small present and namesday fudge. Before bed, we'll pray an Akathist in St. Nicks honor.
I want to join the religion that has fudge named after Saints.
Especially this fudge. It's the best fudge the world has ever seen. I'll have to send you some.

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Post by Del » Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:50 pm

Irish-Dane wrote:
Thunktank wrote:My youngest son's Patron Saint is St. Nicholas. We honor his namesday with a small present and namesday fudge. Before bed, we'll pray an Akathist in St. Nicks honor.
I want to join the religion that has fudge named after Saints.
Stand by... tomorrow (Dec. 7) is the Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan -- bishop and Doctor of the Church, who convinced and baptized St. Augustine.

And Wed (Dec 8 ) is a special celebration for the Patron of the United States.
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