One of my favorite traditions in December is celebrating St. Nicholas Day on December 6. There is a great post by Wellness Mama on the tradition of St. Nicholas Day around the world if you don’t know the history behind it, as well as a fantastic post about St. Nicholas Day traditions to incorporate in your family by Ascetic Life of Motherhood. We grew up putting our shoes outside our bedroom door, hoping to find them filled with goodies from St. Nicholas the next morning. It was so much fun! I love continuing the tradition with my own children (and keeping it simple). My favorite St. Nicholas gift to the boys is a new Advent or Christmas book, so I’ve put together a list of our already well-loved books, as well as some we’d love to add to our library.
The Miracle of Saint Nicholas is a beautiful story about a young Russian boy’s faith and hope, the miracle of St. Nicholas, and the opening up the Church on Christmas morning after sixty years closed. Feels even more special and timely this year!
Baboushka and the Three Kings is a Russian folktale about an old woman’s search for the Christ child.
A Little Camel for Baby Jesus is a sweet story about a little boy whose humble gift for the baby Jesus turns out to be the most special. Jack absolutely loves this one.
The Story of Holly & Ivy is a beautiful, festive tale with lovely illustrations. We’ll be adding this to our list this year!
Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins teaches children about the authentic Santa Claus Nicholas, “a man who found greatness not simply in spreading ‘good cheer,’ but in being a true icon of Jesus Christ in word and deed.”
The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey is the story of a sad and lonely woodcarver whose heart is opened again through a little boy and his mother who ask him to build a Christmas creche. We love this one!
The Spider Who Saved Christmas is new to me but I keep seeing it pop up, so I ordered it to give to the boys this St. Nicholas day and can’t wait to read it.
The Christmas Angels was originally published in Germany in 1933 and is a super sweet little book full of cut out angels that little hands love to touch.
The Gift of the Magi is another one we’re adding to our collection this year. The story and illustrations look so lovely.
The Year of the Christmas Tree is set in Appalachia in the 20s and is just the loveliest story centered on giving and quietness at Christmastime. And I just love Barbara Cooney’s illustrations.
Would love to hear your tried and true Advent + Christmas book favorites! Books will always be something I’m happy to collect and invest in, especially ones centered on the simplicity, beauty, and quietness of the Christmas season.