Saint Nicholas Day

December 19, 2011

Stained glass window of Saint Nicholas, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, B.C.

Today is Saint Nicholas Day on the Julian calendar.  When I was growing up, my family celebrated Saint Nicholas Day on December 6th (which is the feast day on the Gregorian calendar).  We each put a brown paper lunch bag at our place on the kitchen table before we went to bed on December 5th.  When we woke in the morning, the bag held peanuts and candy treats from St. Nicholas.

I saw this stained glass window of Saint Nicholas at the Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Vancouver, B. C.  Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, and the window is a memorial to those Royal Canadian Navy who lost their lives in WWII. The interior of Christ Church Cathedral rather resembles an ark with its great ceiling beams of Douglas fir and ceiling of cedar planks.  It was an impressive structure.

Interior, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, B.C.

Arched ceiling gave the feeling of being in an ark

Custom-built organ, Christ Church Cathedral



4 Responses to “Saint Nicholas Day”

  1. garden2day Says:

    Wow! Look at those arches! I love stained glass and what a beautiful church. Very nice.

  2. Amy Wharton Says:

    Rosemary, this is the first I have ever heard of the brown paper bag tradition – how lovely. I can just imagine all of the excitement for you and your siblings in the morning! The cathedral is also quite lovely.

  3. Christmas is getting closer! )

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