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It’s not celebrated much in the U.S. – although there has been some awareness of the holiday in Wisconsin – but in Northern Europe St. Nicholas Day is a big thing. Traditional celebrations included gifts left in children’s shoes (from which American Christmas stockings developed).

Good children receive treats – candies, cookies, apples and nuts – while naughty children receive lumps of coal. In Germany, children still put a shoe outside their bedroom doors on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day, and hope to find candy, coins and maybe a small gift in them on Dec. 6. In the Netherlands, children put their shoes in front of their chimneys in hopes of finding chocolate or a small toy in their shoe when they wake.

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But in the U.S. … not so much. Patrick and Mindy Flynn of Caledonia are trying to change that. And they think they've improved on the idea of putting candy in kids’ smelly shoes by creating special St.Nick "Shoe" Bag just for Saint Nicholas Day.

Patrick Flynn remembers his mother celebrating Saint Nicholas Day and asked her – she’s 88 now – how the tradition started in her family. She said, “Gosh, I can’t remember. It must have been after the ‘little kids’ started coming, because I didn’t know about it earlier on.” Flynn – the sixth of nine siblings – notes that his five older brothers and sisters are what his mother calls the “first generation;” the last four – he’s now 53 – are the “little kids.”

Nonetheless, his family isn’t the only one to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day.

Mindy Flynn, a first-grade teacher at Fratt Elementary School, said, “I recall children in tears, after discovering many of their classmates had received a visit from St. Nick that morning, only to discover they had been left out. Some kids kept crying, ‘Mrs. Flynn, why didn't he stop at our house?’ ”

That led to their eureka moment back in December of 2007. “It was at that point my husband and I decided to create more awareness of the tradition by creating a shoe bag, embellished with an image of St. Nicholas and the date so parents would not forget.”

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The shoe bags, which neatly hang on a doorknob or hook, are available for purchase at the couple's website. 

Order quickly and they'll arrive neatly embroidered with your child's name in time for this year's Saint Nicholas Day. 

To order, go to the website links below.

St. Nick Shoe Bag

Place the St. Nick "Shoe" Bag outside your bedroom door on the night of Dec. 5th in hopes that St. Nick will fill it with a gift for you to find on the morning of Dec. 6th. Traditional items stuffed in the bag typically include Christmas Pajammas, Oranges, chocolate coins, and small gifts. KEEP IT SIMPLE and enjoy this unique start to the Holiday Season.

St. Nick Gold

This elegant keepsake is a beautiful Hunter Green or Black Velveteen Pouch. Screen printed with the St. Nicholas image and filled with 7 Milk Chocolate Coins. Great for smaller gifts!

Product Size: 5” W x 7” H -Because of size constraints, this item can not be personalized. 

Bag Stuffers

We've seected a varity of  great stocking stuffers, for special office gifts or for anybody on your list with a sense of humour. Reindeer Droppings, chocolate coins, Hot chocolate or even some smll trinkets can make this unique day festive. Sahre this tradition with your friends and family this HolidaySeason.

Christmas Pickle

When decorating the Christmas tree, it is traditional to hang the pickle last, hidden among the branches. The first child on Christmas Day to find the Christmas pickle receives a special blessing for the year and an extra gift! Great tradition to share with your family this year and for years to come!