Stockings for St. Nicholas.
Happy St. Nicholas Day! Dec. 6th is the feast day of St. Nicholas, who was a bishop of Myra in fifth-century Anatolia. (You can read more about this legendary saint in the Encyclopedia of the Medieval World.) Today is also traditionally the day in which children (and adults, if you please) awaken to discover small gifts and treats placed in their shoes (or stockings, if you prefer) during the night by St. Nicholas. I like this menu, from an 1885 annual dinner of the St. Nicholas Society, because it features a knitting Dutchwoman making stockings for the holiday. It's from NYPL's Menu Collection, and is one of many wintry scenes and cards that can be found in the Digital Gallery. Cheers!