Lacquer Icon Box, 2001 Russia
St Nicholas Center Collection
Icon of St. Nicholas
Materials needed for a charitable project (such as explanatory notes to take home and a box or basket for donations. Perhaps several smaller ones scattered in various locations would work also.)
Read St. Nicholas' life. A simple one is found in A Way of Life
Emphasize his good deeds, kindness, and generosity. Discuss how St. Nicholas often gave gifts to others and no one knew who gave them. St. Nicholas was also a great Bishop. What is a bishop? Who is our bishop? Recall and show pictures of a time when the bishop visited your parish. Decorate the boxes with bright colors to attract attention. Or use stickers for decoration. Use these collection boxes throughout the Nativity Fast season.
• Some cultures leave shoes out so that St. Nicholas can fill them with treats. This could be done outside the classroom door during class for a wonderful surprise! Letters can also be sent home explaining this custom, so this could be done on the exact day of St. Nicholas' commemoration (Dec. 6).
• Learn to sing the greeting hymn for the bishop found in Orthodox Hymns for Children
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From "Classroom and Family Life Activities/Projects for the Season of Christmas—Week 2, Session 4: St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra" Department of Christian Education, Orthodox Church in America. Used by permission.