He was here...
Boots by the door (as opposed to "Pants on the Ground")...
Bits of St. Nick left in the fireplace...
Kids were pleased with their loot...and even more pleased that he had given "Fritz" our Elf on the Shelf his magic back! Seems as tho his magic was ruined because he didn't *ahem* move for several days.
Phew! St. Nick came just in the nick of time to fix Fritz! ;)
Mr. E.W. asked in the car, the other day, "Mom, Christmas is about Jesus and St. Nick, right?"
Me: "Well, no. Christmas is about Jesus, and the celebration of his birthday. St. Nick plays a very small part in Christmas...do you know what St. Nick did?"
Which proceeded to a brief history about dear old St. Nick...here's what I told them: (this is right off the top of my head...I'm pulling out stuff I learned years ago in Saturday morning CCD classes, so don't quote this as gospel! *snicker*)
"St. Nick was a kind old man who wanted to celebrate the birth of Jesus, so he secretly gave presents to people at nighttime, to help with the celebration!"
Have you ever seen or heard of the "Kneeling Santa"? I came across the story a few years ago, and it really touched me. We have a decoration of Santa kneeling by the manger with baby Jesus it in...I love it.
It warms my heart and helps me to remember why we celebrate Christmas!