Click here to enter for a chance to win one of the goodies in the post below! Keep reading below to learn more about them and a little about St. Nick himself!
The 6th day of December is known and celebrated in some countries as Saint Nicholas Day. Saint Nick was actually Nikolkaos of Myra, a bishop in Lycia (now Turkey), way back in the fourth century AD. He would place coins in the shoes or boots of a needy person when they weren't looking. Eventually people began to leave their shoes out in hopes that he would put his coins in them. This is where the tradition of Christmas stockings comes from. There is also a tale of him dropping a bag of coins down a chimney to save a poor man's daughters from having to turn to prostitution. I probably don't need to explain how this effected our "modern day" Santa Clause traditions. There is claim that his relics (bones) produce something called "manna" or Myrrh to this very day. You can purchase it at a shop near his church in Bari, Italy if you so desire. Apparently it has miraculous properties. Regardless of your beliefs, St. Nick sounds like a really great guy, don't you think? I think he deserves his own day of recognition, a day for all of us to give something to others in his honor or just because it feels really good to give.
On that note, giving is what I love the most about this time of year. And the lights, of course, but mostly it's the giving part. I love to make things for people and to wrap things up in pretty packages. I love to leave little gifts for people in unexpected places. I love to send cards and make cookies. It's so lovely to share and spread the joy of the season.
So, in honor of St. Nick, I'm giving you a chance to win one of these lovely gift sets:
There are four sets in all from Blue Sky Alpacas, the makers of wonderfully luxurious yarns- the Cable Mit gift set, the Frosty Cowl gift set, the Slouch Cable Hat gift set and the Spud & Chloe Goldfish Hat gift set. Each set contains a pattern, the yarn needed to complete the pattern and a super-cute "Pretty Cheep" project bag. These 100% muslin bags are washable, sturdy and big enough to carry almost any project with you. All of the patterns are great for new-ish knitters and for those with more experience. Blue Sky Alpaca yarns are some of the finest in the entire yarn world. All of these sets are perfect to give as gifts or you could make the project up for someone else, or you could keep it for yourself. You decide. *wink wink*
Lantern Moon put together a super-cute collection of all things sheep for us- the Cool Sheep Felt Keychain Clutch, the Sheep Tape Measure and a set of six hand-crocheted Sheep Stitch Markers. That's a whole lot of sheep-goodness and the perfect gift for any knitter or sheep-lover.
Click here to enter the giveaway. Good luck and happy St. Nick's Day.