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St. Nick's Day

After volunteering Saturday, December 6th, I picked up Karen, my sister to head to Bridgeport for Renegade.

Me:  St. Nick accidentally came to my place for you. (an ornament)
Karen:  Same here (almonds & dried mango)

Do you celebrate St. Nick's day?
Have you ever heard of St. Nick's day?

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).  
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I do think it has something to do with geography, but I did not grow up in Wisconsin and we always celebrated.

St. Nicholas Day is the actual saint's feast day.  Santa Claus is actually derived from St. Nick.

In the words of wikipedia:
He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice celebrated on his feast day―St Nicholas Day (6 December in Western Christianity and 19 December in Eastern Christianity);[7] and thus became the model for Santa Claus.
I actually had a relatively insane St. Nick's Day.  Below is a little glimpse:

I volunteered and worked with a Spanish speaking student to read a book about the winter solstice.  I learned:

  • numero uno - my spanish is rusty
  • numero dos - I wish the little girl would speak up a bit
  • numero tres - I quickly became an interpreter between the kids
  • numero quatro - it was fun

I got to go to Renegade, which was so crowded!  We waited in line to get inside & as soon as we got in the actual apace my cold yelled, "Why are you doing this to me?!"

Mizzou was playing a long shot game so Karen & I decided to head to the Missouri bar.  We lasted for one beer before we went up the street because it was so packed.

I had some cough drops to lather up for our concert and headed to the Aragon.

Karen got tickets to a concert for my Christmas present and it was amazing.  It was at the Aragon where security does NOT mess around.  They pat you down, stick their hands in your pockets and they're not very nice about it.  I stepped off to the side to wait for Karen and a guard kept yelling at me to keep moving.  I kindly looked at him and said, "I'm waiting for her."  He kept yelling and I stood there and waited.

Then we went down the stairs to coat check to find out it was $4.  We walked down the stairs, I saw the sign, and I turned right around, started walking up, looked at Karen, and said, "Nope."  That's ridiculous.  We tied them around our waists because we're cool.  No, really, just because we don't care.

Aside from those notes, the Aragon is a pretty great venue.  It's like the courtyard of a castle with the ceiling painted like a sky and everything.

The show was great!  We saw Meg Myers, Vance Joy (who I fell in love with more than I thought I would), KONGOS, and Walk the Moon.  The only things I would say is I wish Walk the Moon's set was longer and I really wanted them to play Work This Body.  They did play Avalanche so I thought of my friend, Jason, because that's his favorite off their new album.  They are just so fun!  So fun!


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