Sunday, December 6, 2009

St. Nicholas Day 2009

St. Nicholas stopped by last night and left the kids each a new Christmas book, an additional piece for the nativity scene, and a few treats.

I felt so bad for poor, sick Niamh who just couldn't really enjoy the festivities. She did try and eat a piece of chocolate, only to throw it up a little while later.

Muriel's favorite part were the walnuts. She toddled all over the apartment with as many as she could hold clenched in her little hands.

Later that morning, while Niamh slept, I took Rowan and Muriel out to a boulangerie down the street and got some St. Nicholas bread. Unfortunately there isn't much in the way of celebrations here in Morges other than the St. Nicholas shaped bread in all the boulangeries--probably because Vaud is not a Catholic canton.

For anyone in search of some good Christmas picture books, I can highly recommend all three that St. Nicholas left for the kids: Good King Wenceslas, The Little Drummer Boy, and Brigid's Cloak. Despite my bias towards books that can be sung, I think my favorite of the three is Brigid's Cloak. Lovely illustrations, and an equally as lovely Irish story (always welcome in this family!) about St. Brigid that mingles Christian and Druid beliefs.


  1. What darling bread! I hope you all feel better soon.

  2. Thanks for the tips on the books. . . always love tips about books. I haven't seen evidence of Italians celebrating this day, but tomorrow is a holiday for them: Immaculate Conception.

  3. I actually love that St Nicholas bread happily smoking a pipe! I hope Niamh get well very soon.