Our extended family~~our grown children, but also young nieces and nephews and their parents, were talking about how we could add more meaning to the holiday season (from Halloween through the New Year)to reinforce 'our family' rather than just focus on Shopping/Gift Lists and the 'Santa Claus Syndrome'. We came up with the idea that we would add more theme and 'ritual' to traditional minor feast days and holidays that were being overwhelmed by Xmas merchandising and the media blitz. The holidays we wanted to focus on were All Saints and All Souls Days, St. Nicholas Day, the Feast of Santa Lucia, and the weeks of Advent. So we looked into resources for storytelling, bedtime reading, crafts, and cooking/baking and sharing meals as a family group appropriate to each holiday.
Thus I ordered "The Real St. Nicholas" after reading about it on the St. Nichlolas Center website (where there is a huge amount of good and fun info about St. Nicholas). The book has a range of essays and stories, including the biography of the bishop, different legends from various European cultures and many stories to read aloud to small children. Several of the legends are also excellent if you want to hone your 'storytelling' skills by the fire. The book also includes some classic illustrations and a few recipes for traditional St. Nicholas baking. I think it's a keeper for the family library and will be used for years to come.
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Real St. Nicholas: Tales of Generosity and Hope from around the World Paperback – Illustrated, Oct. 1 2002
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- Publisher : Quest Books; Illustrated edition (Oct. 1 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 230 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0835608131
- ISBN-13 : 978-0835608138
- Item weight : 1 g
- Dimensions : 17.73 x 1.68 x 25.15 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #807,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
As the patron saint of pharmacists, brides, prisoners and bakers, Saint Nicholas has become a footnote of history. But as the patron saint of children, he lives on in a spirit of generosity known the world over. This book recounts many of those tales of open-handed bounteousness, beginning with a true story: after the destruction of the World Trade Center, the mayor of Bari, Italy, sent half a million dollars to restore the St. Nicholas church in lower Manhattan, which had been wrecked by falling debris. The cities of Bari and Manhattan both have Nicholas as their patron saint. Other stories, drawn from legends across Europe, speak to the saint's avuncular character and largesse, and to the way his example inspires ordinary people to undertake extraordinary acts of charity. Full-color illustrations and photos of contemporary celebrations of the saint's feast day (December 6) complement the engaging text.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Louise Carus is the author of Real St. Nicholas
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"The Real St. Nicholas": An interesting addition to our family's holiday reading listReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2008
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Damon D. Hickey
Timeless stories to share for the holidaysReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2011
For nearly a decade I've had the honor to "re-present" St. Nicholas on the Sunday closest to his feast day in December at our Episcopal Church. Our St. Nick comes in during the "Passing of the Peace," sits down in front, and tells a story to the children, after which they distribute St. Nicholas ginger cookies to everyone. For the past 6 years, our St. Nicholas has told one of the stories from this wonderful, indispensable collection. They are truly timeless, which means they can teach some surprisingly modern lessons. For example, the Armenian story of St. Nicholas the hermit and the mouse may have been intended originally to teach people to be content with their lot and not to aspire to something above their "station" in life. But today it can teach the importance of being careful what you wish for (because you might get it and then wish you hadn't) and of asking God to give you what God knows will be best for you. It could also teach how God lets you make mistakes and learn from them without being destroyed by them. Thank you, Louise Carus, for gathering, translating, and publishing this amazing resource!
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We still need St. NicholasReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2011
As a reenactor who becomes St. Nicholas (not Santa Claus) for many church, school, historic village and civic groups, especially in December, I am always searching for more stories which show the generous giving (not getting) nature which St. Nicholas inspires. These wonderful stories are well written with many new - to me - ones and other versions of more familar stories. The last part of the book has modern wonders of St. Nicholas wich are most intriguing. This book is highly recommended.
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GreatReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
This is a great book, full of stories. The pictures inside are nice also.
nothing venturedReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2012
This was a really fascinating book, I hated to send it off to the grandchildren. I would rate the age as a little older than I thought but their mother and I loved the book.
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