Happy Feast Day!
Today we celebrate the beautiful life of a dear Saint in the Orthodox church, St. Nicholas, the 4th century Archbishop of Myra (in present day Turkey) . I'm republishing an earlier post since the children & I have been reading from it this morning (a snow day - no school -- yea!)
Also, if you're snow-bound like us today, it's worth your time to spend a few minutes here to read more about St. Nicholas and traditions celebrated around the world for his feast day. It's an extensive and enjoyable website to peruse.
The mosaic above is the Russian restored mosaic icon of St. Nicholas, consecrated in Russia earlier this year. It was then sent to the memorial in Port Arthur, China to commemorate the fallen Soviet soldiers. Read more about it here and here.