Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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growing up
with
a german mother,
i had always
heard about
st. nicholas day.

on the evening
of
the 5th
of december
(the 4th
in some places)
you put your shoes
{that you
carefully
clean & shine}
outside the
front door.
if you have been
good,
polite, & helpful
st. nicholas
will fill
your shoes
with candy
and/or
gifts.

we figured
since
we now
lived in europe
we'd see
if st. nicholas
would pay us
a visit.

we were skeptical
and
not sure
we had been
good,
polite, & helpful
{vee was
of course
all three}.

my dutch friend,
annemarie,
told me
the best thing
to do
is leave
a carrot
in your shoe
for st. nicholas'
white horse...
but
we did not
have a carrot
on hand
and
didn't know
if his horse liked
kohlrabi.

. . . . .

sure enough
the next
morning
we were
all
quite surprised!

st nicholas came!
{please excuse the blurriness, it was early}

st. nicholas
had stopped by!
he hadn't quite
filled
our shoes
but
i guess
we
hadn't
been that
good.

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hooray for st. nicholas!

xo

2 comments:

  1. what a cool tradition ! i love it....
    and the photo of vee and grub surprised....
    got your postcard ! thanks
    when do you leave for Mexico? still time to send you something?
    xx

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  2. silly greedy americans, putting out TWO shoes...
    no wonder you didn't get bigger gifts.

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