Yeah, it is: the real one.
I love learning about him, and thinking about him. And when my littles ask me, "Mom, do you believe in Santa?" I can say, with truth, "Yes, I do, Saint Nick!" Now, if you want to get all snippy and say it's misleading, go ahead. But I'm not gonna listen too closely, because I think it's a fun tradition and teaches our kids to be selfless - at least a tad bit more maybe - and frankly, because Saint Nicholas IS real. And yes, I do then launch into a conversation, a quick one, about the real St. Nicholas.
There are fun traditions with this feast, most common is leaving a shoe by your bedroom door and filling it with candy. Not that I've done, ever, that tradition...because I am not organized enough to remember it in time to do it. But I love the idea of it, and maybe someday, I might just get it together enough to make it happen. Hey, it could happen....really!
Collect for the Feast of Saint Nicholas
O God, Who didst adorn blessed Nicholas,
the bishop, with miracles unnumbered,
grant, we beseech Thee, that by his merits
and prayer we may be delivered from the
fire of hell. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Happy Feast of St. Nicholas!
Have a piece of candy...ok I will on your behalf!