|Xmas Stockings from Ann Norling|
|Knitted gingerbread House from Infiknit|
St. Nicholas has gone through several image makeovers from 347AD to the present. For many years he was the "Father Christmas" figure of a bishop (he's wearing red, so maybe it's a cardinal) in a mitered hat. Generally he was seen as thin and gaunt - abstaining from excesses, perhaps. Most recently, 1931 to be exact, however, St Nicholas became the Santa Claus of the Coca Cola ad campaign. Suddenly he was robust, with round cheeks and an even rounder belly, obviously enjoying the excesses!
|Fair Isle Stockings from Maggie's Rags|
Well, not all subscribe to this image. At the annual world Santa Claus Congress held just outside of Copenhagen, you will find Claus' of all descriptions, including some entirely in white and others entirely in black!
Dinner? Well, I couldn't find any traditional St. Nick's Eve dishes; but I found a link to a website of Danish recipes which sound absolutely delicious! Feed your inner Dane.
The pictures are of knitted Christmas Stockings and a knitted Gingerbread House that can fit over a candy dish. Practice some candy and cookie eating now so you'll be ready for Christmas.