December 2, 2015
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although the four weeks of Advent focus on waiting for Christmas, the church does not just sit around and wait for the main event.
It celebrates plenty of major feasts with lots of customs, traditions and even special foods during the month of December.
Early in the Advent season, Dec. 6, the church celebrates the feast of St. Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop from the region of modern-day Turkey, well known for his generosity. The day has customs similar to Christmas but with variations: Instead of gifts placed in stockings or under the tree, they are placed in children’s shoes left outside their bedroom door the previous night.