St. Nick is arriving

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Dec. 15, 2011, 9:12 p.m. | None — by Mariya Manzhos

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Ukraine's very own Santa arrives early. St. Nicholas, the historical figure who was the inspiration behind the story of Santa Claus, will throw a holiday bash for children and adults at the art restaurant “Shlyapa.”

Traditionally he comes in the morning on Dec. 19, leaving gifts under the pillow, but if your children have behaved well and have gotten good grades this year, St. Nicholas will happily reward them a little earlier with some goodies, contests and games.

Also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, the key wonder of the entertainment program will be an impromptu play starring your very own children!

Sun, Dec. 18, 3 p.m., art restaurant “Shlyapa,” 14 Gorkogo St., free admission.
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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 1:17 a.m.    

St Nicolas dayt was on December 6. IN the old calendar that is December 20.

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Anonymous Dec. 16, 2011, 1:19 a.m.    

I prefer det Moroz. Santa Cause (Saint Nicholas) has been over commercialized.

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Mykhayl Dec. 18, 2011, 11:10 a.m.    


by Mykhayl DzulA

On the Eve of SAINT NICHOLAS with love I went, On a ritual familiar to every parent.

Looking in on our children asleep in their beds, A fond memory of yesterday flickered in my head.

My grandmother told me stories ages ago, Of a man whose loving kindness we all could know.

Ii Visiting his children who he knew all by name, From heaven with the angels annually he came.

On his morn Presents &amp; treats were left to be found, Behind each blessed child’s door laughter would resound.

Long ago bedroom prayers taught me catechism, On his day I would communed in mysticism.

Iii Bishop Nicholas is from an age long ago, As a saint he dwells with God, not at the North Pole.

In life he introduced the Creed; “I believe…” Now On his Feast three blessing we each can receive.

The first is for good use and the next a new joy, The last a treasured marvel for each girl &amp; boy.

1v For those who would be good came a favorite treat . The angels did scatter lots of nuts, fruits &amp; sweets.

A brat next scurried to leave each a switch of wood, For mischief &amp; doubt is found even in the good.

How cherished these dear memories of days gone by, Thinking as a parent brought a tear to my eye.

V Seeing the teddy bear clutched by my sleeping tot, To our cupboard I did scurry… but than thought; “Not!”.

As the sun did rise that morn I moseyed around… Childish treasures here &amp; then there were to be found. \

When what a surprise I then found out in the hall,.. Stacked by threes, including JERSEY, mobile, &amp; ball.

Vi Shoes full of goodies with presents one, two &amp; three, While denials from my sleepy spouse did baffle me.

To bed I did go to wake from this childish dream, Yet consciously I did ponder all that I seen.

From the Old Country o’re the sea came ancient lores, Where we find his icon beside the servers’ door.

Vii Here in the new World I just could not...let it be, Then I found an answer that was left, just for me.

A switch was tucked in my slipper aside our bed, As Baba’s* [Granny’s] lesson manifested in my head.

“Deny not the saints of God in heaven above”, “Teach of the real Saint Nicholas by acts of love”.

*”Baba” endearment for grandmother [XIX c. Ukrainian American immigration.]

E V E O F S A I N T N I C H O L A S by Mykhayl Dzula [AD 1980 revised 2010]

Eve December 5 (NASA day 352) Feast December 6 (NASA day 353)

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