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Friday, December 6, 2013

a cold, cold saint nicholas day

It is freezing out. I mean freezing, like below zero.

"Are you sure St. Nicholas can get through the patio door (where we usually leave out our shoes) its frozen shut! Maybe its too cold!"

This is what little man just said to me, two seconds ago.

Seriously. Cold.

We have done nothing St. Nicholas-y today. I sewed (I made pajama pants for little man out of an old flannel pillowcase!!) the kids played and watched a movie. Oh, wait, it was "The Rise of the Guardians" which does have Santa in it. Maybe that counts?

We've been reading all week about St. Nicholas though, his life, the good deeds he is known for. The one we liked the best was a young Nicholas leaving three gold bars in the window of a man who had lost his wealth and couldn't feed his family of three girls.

"Can you imagine if someone dropped a bar of gold through your window?" says little man.


Right now little miss is screaming on the couch, face planted in the cushions. She is exhausted. I gave her a bath (to warm up!) before dinner and she went in her room, wrapped up in towels, and fell asleep on the floor. I tried to go in and get her dressed and now she is just wailing, angry, how dare I put clothes on her.


Baby is asleep on the chair, somehow she manages to block out the screaming.


Little man has a cough, dada has bronchitis.


But I have elderberry syrup simmering on the stovetop. Wow. It smells really good. Have you made it before? I think I love it.

Whew. She stopped the screeching.

Crap. She just started again.

Girl has PIPES.


And I got new glasses and the world seems a little tipsy. (No, I am not actually tipsy. HA. Although, if this screeching continues....)

To be festive, here is the favorite Saint Nicholas story we have told several times this week. Maybe that would get her to stop? Maybe.

Although dada did get a fresh box of wine last night...hmmmm, decisions, decisions, engage in parenting or block it out.


Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

Once St. Nicholas rode across the clouds from a country where the sun rises in the morning to a country where the sun says goodnight in the evening. Up in the heavens he met Mother Mary who was carrying the Christ Child in her arms and Mother Mary said to St. Nicholas: "Once again it is time that I take the Child down to earth for a while so that he can play with the children." When she had said this, many little stars came along from all sides of the heavens and asked whether they could go with them down to the earth.

"Yes," said Mother Mary, "but only if the moon will show you the way, for I cannot carry you all under my cloak."

When St. Nicholas heard this he rode off to the moon: "Good evening, dear Moon."

"Good evening, St. Nicholas."

"Dear Moon, will you please show these little stars the way to the earth."

"Yes, willingly, if the sun comes along too."

St. Nicholas rode to the sun. "Good morning, dear Sun."

"Good morning, St. Nicholas."

"Dear Sun, will you please help to take these little stars down to the earth?"

"What do they want to do there?"

"They want to play with the Child of Light and the children of the earth."

"That is how it should be," said the Sun.

And now the sun placed himself on one side of Mother Mary and the moon on her other side. The moon took the little stars in her lap, and the sun held the hand of the Child of Light who was sitting in his mother's arms. Thus they went together down to the earth, but St. Nicholas rode on in front of them. He rode so fast across the clouds that he arrived on the earth much earlier than the others. On earth he went from house to house and told everyone that the Child of Light would soon arrive, and he gave the children on the earth presents so that they could play with the Child of Light.

Then the Child of Light arrived on the earth accompanied by sun and moon. He jumped out of Mother Mary's arms and showed the little stars the path to the children on the earth, but when the little stars leapt out of the lap of the moon onto the earth, they had all become human children and played with the Child of Light and the other children on the earth. It was a happy game, for the children of the earth play more beautifully and happily when the Child of Light plays with them. Mother Mary looked on and smiled.

Many stars who had become children of the earth stayed with the human children; and when Mother Mary took the Child of Light back into the heavens, many children of the earth were allowed to go with her and the Child of Light, to live with the stars.


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