The tradition of St. Nicholas Day invites children to place their shoes outside the door or by the hearth before bedtime on December 5. St. Nick comes during the night and fills the shoes with goodies. On December 6, children wake up to a wonderful surprise. St. Paul’s offers a community version of this tradition – with a little twist!
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, between 8 am and Noon, families are invited to bring shoes to the front steps of St. Paul’s. These shoes should be identified as yours. Overnight the shoes will be moved inside where St. Nick will fill them with sweets and gifts. On Wednesday, Dec. 6 families may return to St. Paul’s during the same time window (8 am – Noon), to pick up their goodies.
Here’s the twist: we ask that the shoes you brought (and socks, too, if possible) be donated to children and adults in need. St. Paul’s will give all donated items to the Dayton Episcopal Clothing Room. Donations of multiple pairs of shoes and socks are heartily welcomed! Take part in the wonders of St. Goody2Shoes (he gives super cool gift bags), and then give generously in return!