December 19, 2011
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.