By Nicola Currie
|St Nicholas, Netherlands
St Nicholas Center Collection
St Nicholas is the great gift-giver and kind man.
Explore the theme of gift-giving with the children.
Ask them why gifts are given at Christmas and what they symbolise.
Discuss with them whether they like giving presents and what sort of presents they choose for people.
Encourage the children to consider what makes a gift precious.
Then explain that St Nicholas gave gifts freely to those in deed. He expected nothing in return.
From Festive Allsorts: Ideas for Celebrating the Christian Year, Nicola Currie, National Society/Church House Publishing, London, Copyright © 1994 Nicola Currie, p. 6. Used by permission.