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We have a holiday tradition of celebrating St. Nicholas Day in our home. We use this early December celebration of love and giving to set the tone for the rest of Advent and Christmas. It reminds us of the spirit in which we give (and receive) gifts.

Our usual St. Nicholas celebration with friends was cancelled this year due to rampant childhood illness. There are limits to the extent of joyful giving and receiving. And so we had a quiet (well, as quiet as it gets with four kiddos and treats and presents) celebration of our own this year.


Perhaps the best part, for me, was the gluten-dairy-soy-refined-sugar-grain-free doughnuts that I whipped up. And while nothing can really substitute for a deep fried piece of dough rolled in sugar, they were oh-so-worth the trouble of buying a doughnut pan.



Happy St. Nicholas Day to all of you, dear readers. May the joy of giving and receiving in His love bring a warm glow to your season.

* recipe for delicious doughnuts can be found here. I promise you won’t regret buying the donut pan–especially if you’ve been missing out on doughnuts for years.