Happy birthday, St. Nick

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas — aka Santa Claus. In some countries, St. Nicholas’ Day is the time for gift giving and remembering this 6th century Bishop of Myra (modern day western Turkey), who was known for his generosity and love for children, making him the patron saint of children around the world.

St. Nicholas is also the patron saint of seafarers, and those who sail on the large ocean-going cargo vessels often wear a likeness of this kind saint on a medal around their necks.

In Hancock, St. Nicholas appears at many events this time of year and reminds local citizens to dig deep in their pantries and closets for food, toys and coats for Christmas for Others.

Lists of children in need have been distributed to each church, and church members are busy looking for toys, books and other gifts to give to a local child. 

I have it on good authority that Nancy and Steve Douglas have a special friendship with St. Nicholas and will collect toys, food and coats at their dealership, Douglas Motors, until Dec. 17. 

This will be a great boost to Christmas for Others. 

The children’s party is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church.


Luminarias display

St. Nicholas also enjoys the annual luminarias display held each year in the three historic churchyards on High Street. 

On Saturday, more than 2,500 luminarias will be placed on graves throughout the cemeteries behind St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic churches. 

Volunteers are sought to help to assemble, place and light the luminarias beginning at 10 a.m. in the upper part of the parking lot behind St. Peter’s. 

Residents can drive through Cemetery Lane beginning at sundown. If it rains, the display will be postponed one week to Dec. 15.


Sandwich sale

How does St. Nicholas keep his figure? He must snack on sandwiches from the Hancock High School Panthers Band.  Band members offer ham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches for $3 each. Orders are being taken now until Dec. 13 and the sandwiches will be delivered Dec. 18. 

For an additional $2, customers can get a whole lunch, including drink and chips. 

For more information, contact any member of the band, or send an email to pantherbandboosters


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