This Thursday on the Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio Matt Swaim and I chatted about the feast of St. Nicholas in our Catholic religion.
Some history about the feast of St. Nicholas: Nicholas, born in a section of Greece which is now part of Turkey, came from wealthy parents who died when he was young.
They taught him good Christian values, and he used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. Each night, Nicholas would disguise himself and deliver such items as food, clothing and money to the people of his village.Of all the townspeople, Nicholas felt the closest bond with one specific family. This family had lost all their money, and the father needed to support his three daughters who could not find husbands because of their poverty. In those days a dowry was necessary to marry. Nicholas became informed of this, and anonymously took a bag of gold coins and threw it into an open window of the man’s house in the night. The legend is that it landed in a pair of shoes or socks that were left by the fire to dry. He gave the other 2 daughters enough gold for their dowrys, too.
This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.The stories of his miracles and work for the poor eventually led him to the status of a saint. He was known as the protector of children, among others and that’s why we honor him with simple gifts on his feast day.At beginning of Advent, we celebrate his feast day on December 6 by filling stockings with small gifts and also we put in fruit: a pomegranate.
REINDEER SNACK MIX
So easy – perfect for stocking stuffers.
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups Bugles
- 1-1/2 to 2 cups pretzel sticks
- 2 cups cheese-flavored snack crackers
- 1 cup bite-sized Shredded Wheat
- 1 cup Corn Chex
- 1 cup pecan halves
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1 nice tablespoon maple syrup
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- Preheat oven to 250°. Place bugles, pretzel sticvks, crckers, cereals and nuts in a bowl. Mix well.
- Melt butter; stir in remaining ingredients. Drizzle over snack mixture; toss to combine. Transfer to sprayed large cookie sheet.
- Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
Adapted slightly from Taste of Home. Photo credit: Taste of Home