Indulge me a moment while I tell you about my mom and Christmas. Yesterday was her birthday. As a kid, her birthday was a special day because we were not a family that typically put the tree up over Thanksgiving weekend. Instead we waited until December 5th. Later my parents confessed this was less about keeping my mother’s birthday special and more about trying to tame Christmas excitement.
Another way my mom channeled our excitement was to have my sister and I learn about traditions in different countries. Since this was before the Internet, we went to the library and poured over books. Most years, we tried out a new tradition. Mom refused to let my sister and I walk around with lit candles on our head (Sweden) but the Dutch tradition of St. Nicholas Day became a regular feature. Traditionally one puts straw and carrots in their wooden shoes on the night of December 5th for Santa’s horses. Even though we used stinky sneakers, Santa still left us a little treat, often a chocolate bar, to tide us over until his regularly scheduled visit.
It is in this spirit I offer you a St. Nicholas Giveaway. I’m giving away an electronic copy of Winter Fairy through the rafflecopter window below.
You can set straw filled shoes by the door if you wish, but I don’t require it.