Happy St. Nicholas Day! According to legend, in the community that St. Nicholas served, there lived a very poor man who could not afford to give a dowry of any kind for his three daughters. In fact he was so poor he could not afford to keep feeding them. So this unhappy man was at the point of turning his daughters out of his house where they surely would have come to no good. St. Nicholas secretly gave all three dowries so that these young girls could be saved from shame. This is said to have originated the custom of giving presents in secret on the eve of December 6, the day of St. Nicholas. (via the St. Nicholas Center)
Did you get gifts on St. Nicholas Day? I remember getting bags of apples, peanuts, candy canes and other food goodies throughout grade school! The students would go our for 10AM recess, and when we came back inside, everyone had little brown bags of goodies on their desks! Good memories!