6th December (’21): Saint Nicholas Day (Feast of Saint Nicholas)

Saint Nicholas Day, also called the Feast of Saint Nicholas, observed on 5 December or on 6 December in Western Christian countries, and on 19 December in Eastern Christian countries using the old church Calendar, is the feast day of Saint Nicholas of Myra; it falls within the season of Advent. It is celebrated as a Christian festival with particular regard to Saint Nicholas’ reputation as a bringer of gifts, as well as through the attendance of church services.

In the European countries of Germany and Poland, boys have traditionally dressed as bishops and begged alms for the poor. In Poland, children wait for St. Nicholas to come and to put a present under their pillows provided that the children were good during the year. Children who behaved badly may expect to find a twig or a piece of coal under their pillows. In the Netherlands, Dutch children put out a shoe filled with hay and a carrot for Saint Nicholas’ horse. On Saint Nicholas Day, gifts are tagged with personal humorous rhymes written by the sender. In the United States, one custom associated with Saint Nicholas Day is children leaving their shoes in the foyer on Saint Nicholas Eve in hope that Saint Nicholas will place some coins on the soles.

The American Santa Claus, as well as the British Father Christmas, derive from Saint Nicholas. “Santa Claus” is itself derived in part from the Dutch Sinterklaas, the saint’s name in that language. However, the gift giving associated with these descendant figures is associated with Christmas Day rather than Saint Nicholas Day itself.

♬ ONEREPUBLIC – Sunshine

LYRIC

Runnin’ through this strange life
Chasin’ all them green lights
Throwin’ out the shade for a little bit of sunshine
Hit me with them good vibes
Pictures on my phone like
Everything is so fine
A little bit of sunshine

Crazy lately I’ve been findin’
Tryna write myself with somethin’
You just tryna get a word and life is not fair
I’ve been workin’ on my tunnel vision
Tryna get a new prescription
Takin’ swings and even missin’ but I don’t care

I’m dancin’ more just a little bit
Breathin’ more just a little bit
Fail a little less just a little bit
My life is woo-hoo!
I’m makin’ more just a little bit
Spend a little more to get rid of it
Smile a little more and I’m into it

I, I, I, I-I’ve been runnin’ through this strange life
Chasin’ all them green lights
Throwin’ out the shade for a little bit of sunshine
Hit me with them good vibes
Pictures on my phone like
Everything is so fine
A little bit of sunshine

A little bit of sunshine
A little bit of sunshine

Another day, another selfish moment
I’ve been feelin’ helpless
Sick of seein’ all the selfies, now I don’t care
Found myself a new vocation
Calibrated motivation
Almost had to change the station
Headin’ somewhere

I’m dancin’ more just a little bit
Breathin’ more just a little bit
Care a little less just a little bit
My life is woo-hoo!
I’m makin’ more just a little bit
Spend a little more to get rid of it
Smile a little more and I’m into it

But honestly man, lately I’ve been runnin’ through this strange life
Chasin’ all them green lights
Throwin’ out the shade for a little bit of sunshine
Hit me with them good vibes
Pictures on my phone like
Everything is so fine
A little bit of sunshine

A little bit of sunshine
A little bit of sunshine

I don’t really know any other way to say this
Can’t slow down, tryna keep up with the changes
First, that number and the name wanna go out there
And now I feel I’m out here with a cane when I walk in
Basically, life is the same thing unless you don’t want the same thing
Probably should’ve really got a feature but I didn’t
I’ve been savin’ up the money ’cause it’s better for the business

I-I’ve been runnin’ through this strange life
Chasin’ all them green lights
Throwin’ out the shade for a little bit of sunshine (Yeah)

Woo! Woo!
A little bit of sunshine
A little bit of sunshine