St. Nicholas Day / Mikołajki

 

St. Nicholas handing out gifts to children

December 6 is traditionally “Mikołajki” in Poland, or St. Nicholas Day.

Legend has it, that St. Nicholas would walk around from town to town, on the night of December 5th, handing out small packages of candy, fruit and other goodies to well behaved children.

On the morning of December 6th, the children would find a small gift under their pillow (or shoes) – the tradition varies depending on the region of Poland.
It is with great joy that we can bring this wonderful Polish tradition to our community. St. Nicholas, unlike “Santa Claus” does not wear a bright red suit and ride on a sleigh pulled by reindeer – this is a North American tradition that we have become used to.

St. Nicholas is a tall figure, wearing a Bishops hat, and carries a staff, and lives in Heaven, not the North Pole.
It is thanks to the many volunteers and sponsors that we could hold this annual event, and because of this great teamwork, the event was a great success!
St. Nicholas was overjoyed to see how many well behaved children came to see him, and everyone left with a nice gift of treats!

There were games, a giant colouring book, singing, dancing, cookie decorating, special performances by Bravo and Radość-Joy, and of course special visits from St. Nicholas!
A special thanks go out to our sponsors: Eddie’s Meat & Deli Market, Euromax: The Good Food Store, European Fine Foods, Jo & John DelicatessenRadość -Joy Dance Group, School Maya Bee Day Care Inc. , St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, and Starsky.

This event could not have been possible without the help of our sponsors, and our very hard working volunteers! Events like this are put on by our JPII Social Committee. If you would like to take part in future events, please call our office 905.306.9900 for information.
Our sincerest thanks go out to everyone who came out and helped. It was a beautiful thing seeing our community come together for our children, and to keep our Polish traditions alive.

-Maciek Droździk, events manager | maciek@jp2pcc.ca

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