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Children Share the Spirit of Giving for St. Nicholas Day

Brandon Weathers
Updated: December 06, 2018 11:13 PM

The children of 12 Holy Apostle Greek Orthodox Church celebrated St. Nicholas Day by offering hot cocoa, cookies, and socks to anyone passing by their location on East 2nd Street in Duluth.

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Lacey Wendland, vice president of their chapter of the Lady's Philoptochos Society, said the children are honoring the patron saint by practicing the generosity he was known for. She referenced a story which has inspired the tradition of children leaving a shoe outside the front door in hopes of a treat being left in it for them by St. Nicholas.

“Years and years ago, he knew of a father who had three daughters, and the father was too poor to pay the suitors to marry his three daughters. St. Nicholas heard of this and threw coins in this man’s window in the night," Wendland explained. She continued, "and with the third daughter, the man peaked out the window, and he spotted St. Nicholas. Those coins, those gold coins, just happened to land in the man’s shoe.”

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