Helvetia, WV
Feast of Sankt Nicholaus
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Saint Nicholas with Children

A time for giving! Held at the Helvetia Community Hall on the Saturday closest to the 5th of December.

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Santa Claus begins with Nicholaus, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time, the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholaus was still young.

Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholaus used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God.

Bishop Nicholaus became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. In German-speaking countries including Switzerland, the beginning of December is the time for the most distinctive children's festival of the year.

Sankt Nicholaus Eve is a time of festivities and a time of whispers and giggles. Shops are full of may shaped biscuits, gilt gingerbreads -- sometimes representing Sankt Nicholaus, of sugar images, toys and other little gifts. In many countries including America, these holiday festivities attributed to the gift-giving Sankt Nicholas now transferred to Christmas and Santa Claus.

Helvetia and Pickens welcome visitors to rediscover the origins of Ol' Saint Nick. Bring the kids for some Christmas fun and participation in an old Swiss tradition. Baking Swiss grittibanz, games, refreshments, reading of the traditional Saint Nicholas story, and a visit from Saint Nicholas himself who will bring treats for the children. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Potluck dinner for children and adults starts at 5:30 p.m. Square Dance. 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. All events are at the Community Hall.