By the Catholic calendar, today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas, and it finds me waxing nostalgic about childhood wishes and dreams and waking up in my grandmother’s farmhouse to find candy in my shoes. Even though I’ve left the church behind, I still find myself drawn to some of the traditions of my childhood. I always loved Saint Nicholas Day. It’s sort of an obscure holiday, but it was important to my family, and for us kids it always meant that Christmas was just around the corner.
For those raised in a religious family, what traditions from your former faith do you miss? Or, if you were brought up non-theist, do you ever feel as though you’ve missed out on something?