Happy St. Nicholas Day

So far I have avoided anything Christmas, not that I’m trying to avoid it, it’s just that I don’t get out much!

We did a bit of shopping of Sunday after returning from the in-laws, but there wasn’t the slightest hint of Christmas in the shops, no lights, no decorations and no Slade! The trip skirted round any towns and the villages we passed through hadn’t decked the halls. It seems that the commercial giant hasn’t yet reached the rural South West of Poland yet, maybe it’s stuck in the snow?

Early morning sun on the house, -7c \ 19f on this mornings walk.

But tomorrow is the 6th of December, the big day for kids in Poland as it’s St. Nicks days, the day when presents are dished out to all who have been good for the preceding year, or so I keep telling Malina. Sadly her attention span or memory doesn’t operate beyond the last ten minutes, but I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, kind hearted soul that I am, and gifts will be wrapped this evening.

Thankfully we have got the one vital ingredient of Christmas, snow, and lots of it, which means that re-enactments of scenes from Frozen and the sun loving snowman Olaf are the order of the day.

I love you Olaf!

Not that it makes traveling easy, but as I said in the beginning, I don’t get out much.

The postman made a brave attempt to get to us, but he didn’t make it all the way.


Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog https://winkos.wordpress.com/

20 thoughts on “Happy St. Nicholas Day”

  1. And ‘Happy St Nicholas’s Day’ to Malina, Gosia and you too Eddy. It’s a special day for us as, among other reasons, we were married in the church of St Nicolae Domnesc in Iasi, Romania, sixteen years ago now. The tradition there is to clean your shoes and, if you’ve been good, you might find some sweets in one. I found some Maltesers, a chocolate orange and some wafers in mine this morning! If you’ve been bad you could find just a stick 😇. Great to see Malina with Olaf. All the snow reminds me of my childhood – doesn’t seem to do that here now 😡. Have a great day.

  2. Speaking of presents, I’ve got a granddaughter who was born TWO DAYS before Christmas. Her parents want to celebrate the b-day about a week early so she doesn’t get cheated for a birthday celebration.
    Malina looks so cute with her rosy cheeks. How old is she now?

    1. She will be three in February, how time flies, so there is a good chance that we will have snow still for her party as we did last year. Great fun for the kids as I tow them around on the sledges with the tractor or just put them all in a trailer and run around the land.

  3. In keeping with our mild winter climate, no snow is forecast for the Las Vegas Valley this year, though some snowfall did occur last week on the summit of Mt. Charleston (elevation 11,916 ft. / 3,632 m), which is visible from the valley. Christmas decorations have been out in force for a while now. The stores here are always getting a nearly two-month jump on upcoming holidays. For example, stores were stocking up on Halloween items (October 31st) back in mid-September.
    Back in my Missouri days, I used to build a snowman most winters. I’ve made a small one or two up in the mountains here, but I’m sure they didn’t last long.

    1. You never know, after reading about the snow in Hawaii anything is possible!
      Thankfully the commercialisation is mainly in the TV, which I don’t watch. Halloween doesn’t really exist here, yet, and the focus is on the ‘day of the dead’ when everybody visits family graves and lays candles. A very impressive site to see, a cemetery lit up on the 1st of November.

    1. The funny thing is that the postie always used to deliver to the neighbours in the valley (winter and summer), that is until he got a new 4×4, now he always tries to reach our place proud of his new vehicle and what it can do 🙂
      Great to hear from you Al.

  4. That’s a lot of snow, Eddy. And I am worried about 4 degrees here! At least lovely Malina got her snowman Olaf. But if they get their presents tomorrow, what will you do on the 25th?
    These European customs are confusing, for sure.
    Cheers mate. Love to all, Pete.

    1. More snow tomorrow they say, but only an inch or so. The 25th, that’s when we get the sherry out! Christmas eve is the big family event when the tree goes up and we sit down to a big meal, but no more presents. Phew!

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