Today we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, bishop and martyr.
Each year we start the feast day with a few gifts left in our stockings.
This year we all received "Santa" hats.
Even Kolbe dressed for the occasion.
After we open our stockings, we put up our tree (actually 2 trees) and decorate the house.
Mary and Joseph begin their travels to the Bethlehem...
Where the stable is currently inhabited by creatures great and small.
Near the fireplace stands our "memory tree" where hang special ornaments in memory of our family members no longer able to share in the holidays here on earth, but who remain close in our hearts.
We also have a tree to decorate our living room bay window.
Beautiful all lit up.
The view from outside looking in!