Sunday, 7 December 2014

On St Nicholas Day (Sfantul Nicolae)


As I've probably mentioned before, the maternal side of my family is Romanian. So yesterday morning I woke up to this little package on my boots from 'Saint Nicholas' (read: my Gran!). It's a tradition celebrated in a lot of European countries which, if you're interested in, you can read about here and here. It's a lovely little tradition in which Father Christmas leaves both children and adults alike a little present in their boots to wake up to on the 6th December. It's almost like a little preview of what's to come at Christmas, which is always such a wonderful thing to wake up to just a few days into the festive period!

This year St Nicholas left me a beautiful top (in my exact size, how clever of him!) and some delicious truffle chocolates that I'm sure won't be around for long. I'm trying to be a little healthier at the moment but have rapidly realised that this is the most ridiculous time to attempt to be healthy; it's the greediest time of the year! Anyway, I digress. It really brightened my morning and reminded me how great my Gran is - she never fails to make sure both me and my Mum have something waiting for us on our boots for St Nicholas day. Festive traditions really are the best, aren't they?

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