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Couple Keeps St. Nicholas Day Tradition Alive

Mindy and Patrick Flynn started making St. Nicholas bags with a special emblem on the front to help raise awareness of a years-long tradition in Patrick's family.

Before there was Santa, there was St. Nick and before there was St. Nick there was Nicholas.

Some families don’t celebrate St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6, but Mindy and Patrick Flynn would love for everyone to celebrate the holiday.

According to the St. Nicholas Center, Santa Claus originated with St. Nicholas. The man who became St. Nicholas was born in the third century in a village called Patara, which is now a part of Turkey; it was Greek at the time. Nicholas’ parents were wealthy and Christian, but they died when he was rather young.

According to the St. Nicholas Center:

Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.

Nicholas later became a bishop and was persecuted for being Christian. Stories told about him often focus on his generosity, and him being a protector of children. Dec. 6 is his feast day, which honors the day St. Nicholas died.

The Caledonia couple embroiders St. Nick bags with an emblem commemorating the day so that parents can stuff them with treats for kids who are good and the appropriate gifts for the naughty ones.

To order a bag, click here.

CowDung December 04, 2012 at 10:23 PM
What are 'appropriate gifts for the naughty ones'? Is that a nice way of phrasing 'lump of coal and a stick'?
Denise Lockwood December 05, 2012 at 05:20 AM
yeppers...thanks for gettin' that Cow...
kia December 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
can you steal come to kids house when they are 13 ? do you like any cookies like santa dose he likes any kind of cookies nad a glass of milk when you come just come to my house idont leave with my grandma any more i leave with my mom now so you can come for me my sisters i dont have a stocking iddk where my is but i just reminder when you come for me that you allways give me one but i hope you give me a whole big of things and my sisters they are going to love you they are 1 years old if you need to know one of them ilkes dora and the other one dose not care to much but dora is the other one dose but if you have any other q for me, , , let me know my name is Kia my sisters names are Aliana & Alicia

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