Image courtesy of Simply Organized (and my horrible photo-editing skills)

Image courtesy of Simply Organized (and my horrible photo-editing skills)

When I was young, my parents would teach my brothers and I a new Christmas story as we eagerly awaited ripping and tearing through the presents under the tree. I remember always being fond of the story of Saint Nicholas. His selfless, kind outlook is the foundation of the jolly, bearded man that we know today.

In his heyday, St. Nicholas traveled around the world, spreading the gift of cheer everywhere he went. He was known for his good-hearted nature, as he dedicated his life to helping the poor and downtrodden. My mom used to tell me that the true spirit of Christmas lies not in material goods, but in a good heart.

To this day, I tell my daughter the story of St. Nicholas. I even used the photo above to show why the kids love him (because he brings them watermelon!). When she asked if Santa Claus really brought kids watermelon, I explained that he brings it to kids who have been good all year. She smiled and said, “Yay! I get a watermelon for Christmas!” Like father, like daughter.

I’ve got a busy day ahead of me, filled with cooking, gift wrapping and egg nog sipping, so I’d like to take this time to wish everyone a safe and very Merry Christmas. Hopefully you’ve been good this year, and you’ll find a watermelon or two under the tree tomorrow morning.


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