Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Still Waiting!

Today is my grandson's due date, and so far he has not indicated that he wants this to be his birthday.

His daddy was born exactly on his due date, so I was spared the waiting game when he was expected, but I'm sure my grandson's special day will be finally be here very soon.

We can't wait to meet the little guy! I know a few of you already know his name, but I'm trying to keep it a secret until the day I announce his arrival. There are so few surprises in life any more.

Now I'm hoping that his birthday will be December 6 - St. Nicholas' feast day!
I always loved St. Nicholas, who is really the true Santa Claus.

I found this interesting comparison between St. Nicholas and Santa Claus that I thought you might enjoy reading too:

"Santa Claus and St. Nicholas

Everybody loves Santa Claus. He embodies holiday cheer, happiness, fun, and gifts—warm happy aspects of the Christmas season. How do Santa Claus and St. Nicholas differ?


Santa Claus belongs to childhood;

St. Nicholas models for all of life.


Santa Claus, as we know him, developed to boost Christmas sales—the commercial Christmas message;

St. Nicholas told the story of Christ and peace, goodwill toward all—the hope-filled Christmas message.


Santa Claus encourages consumption;

St. Nicholas encourages compassion.


Santa Claus appears each year to be seen and heard for a short time;

St. Nicholas is part of the communion of saints, surrounding us always with prayer and example.


Santa Claus flies through the air—from the North Pole;

St. Nicholas walked the earth—caring for those in need.


Santa Claus, for some, replaces the Babe of Bethlehem;

St. Nicholas, for all, points to the Babe of Bethlehem.


Santa Claus isn't bad;

St. Nicholas is just better.


—J. Rosenthal & C. Myers

This came from Saint Nicholas: Discovering the truth about Santa Claus web site, which shows traditions form around the world, how to celebrate his feast day with crafts and activities and games and stories for children.
Please keep us all in your prayers as we await our happy day!

31 comments:

Bo said...

I was just wondering about you today and if Baby had made his entrance ....maybe tonight? The posting of St. Nicholas vs. Santa Claus was a wonderful read...thank you! Is that you & your honey by the tree on your sidebar? If so, you're as cute as a bug!...both of you! ;-) Bo

Mama said...

Oh Pat I have been thinking of you all day and checking my side bar for updates, be sure and let us know just as soon as your little Grandson arrives, the 6th would be wonderful, I love the St Nicolas v Santa info you found. Can I copy the St Nicholas pic into my side bar please?. You and Vinny look lovely beside your tree, what a wonderful Christmas you will both have, big hugs, Kathy.

Judy said...

Oh...the waiting game! My granddaughter was born almost two weeks after she was expected to arrive. Your life is sort of on-hold, right? Dec. 6th sounds like a good date...we'll stay tuned for the grand announcement.

Melissa Miller said...

I am so excited for you! Keep us posted.

Baby Vagabond said...

I've been checking in now and again for announcement of the happy event. Sending best wishes for a speedy and easy birthday .... soon :-)

((hugs)) Rosie

Lisa B. said...

I most certainly will! I hope you get your wish and he comes on St. Nicholas' feast day. I'm so excited for you!!!

Willow said...

Pat, We are all waiting excitedly to hear! Yes, St. Nicholas Day would be a perfect day for your grandson to be born! I'm crossing my fingers! But the most important thing is that he is happy and healthy and loved.

Willow said...

PS: I love the Santa Claus/St Nicholas comparisons!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

December 6 sounds good, but then so do December 4, 5, and 7. Beyond that, we won't trouble.

What a lot of loot for the wee one. He's really blessed to be born into your family!

You've got us all on pins and needles, I hope you know. ;>

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Pat,
I know you all are anxious! I can't be that much longer.

Have you already planned when you are leaving?

Hope all goes well....and love all the 'goodies' you have in your picture.

You will make the best grandmother!

Diane

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, I hope he comes soon! I know how excited you must be, and look at all the cute baby things! Loved the comparison of Santa and St. Nicholas. I'm kind of hoping since he's a December baby his name will be Nicholas. That's a great name!

While you're waiting and anticipating, I gave you a blog award on Blue Monday. It's the "I'm Lovin' Your Blog Award." Just thought I'd give you that little cyber hug, and I do enjoy your blog a lot! :-)

Wishing you a soon-coming baby boy!

XO,

Sheila

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Hi Pat,
I hope your sweet grandson comes soon! I know you just will be so happy to hold and cuddle him!

Strider said...

My grandsons will be at our house for Christmas. We can't wait. I look forward to hearing about your new addition soon, and pray God's blessing on the mother and baby as the birth takes place.

M.Kate said...

Oh..Pat, I could almost feel the tension here as well ;D Thanks for the information on St. Nicholas..LOVE THE HEADING :d

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Great post on Santa and your little baby boy. I went 4 days past my due day. We can't wait to see him.

You've been tagged. Hop on over to my place.

Rhonda said...

My sons were both late, the first one was 18 days late and the second one was 8 days late. Of course they won't let you go that long now. But it was worth the wait for the little bundles of joy. My thoughts are with you and your family.

The comparison between St. Nick and Santa was very informative and interesting.

Catherine said...

I hope you don`t have too long a wait for your grandbaby. I`ve been thinking about you all day.

I like the Santa Claus, St. Nicholas comparision. Facts I didn`t know. You are in my prayers tonight.
Cathy

dana said...

Hi Pat!!!
I know you are giddy with excitement--as well you should be! Your little one will be soooo showered with love and affection--he is a lucky little guy!
I have read Goodnight Moon sooo many times to my little Gr. Girl! What a blessing it is to be able to cuddle with your child's child and re-share some of the sweet experiences! Got ya in my thoughts! Dana

steviewren said...

Pat, you know you've been on my mind. He'll be here sooner or later, that's for sure. Sooner I hope! I'll keep your family in my prayers. You've amassed a nice library for your little guy already.

Your comparison between St Nicholas and Santa is very good. I think I will copy it and keep it. Thanks for sharing.

Cori G. said...

Hi Pat,
I bet you are just fonching at the bit about now. What excitement! Some babies decide to do there own thing on their own time. Isn't that funny.
I'll say a prayer for all of you.

Love,
Cori

CatHerder said...

Oh how exciting!!!! Both my sons were very early..the first one by a month....they were impatient then and impatient now! Keep us posted....that really is so exciting!

Tara said...

Pat

I am keeping my fingers crossed for Dec6, but I think you'll take any ole day won't ya? What wonderful things you have for him as he enters the world--lucky boy!

:0)
Tara
xo

aliceinparis said...

How exciting!!!! What a wonderful December gift. You must be beside yourself with excitement. Hayley was born 5.5 weeks early! Big surprise.
Goodnight Moon is one our all time favourite books!!!!!!!!!!!!

Melanie said...

Hugs Pat you must be beside yourself with anticipation. The 6th would be a good day. There is a book somewhere around here showing which days belongs to which saints. I bet there are some saint's names you wouldn't want to revive in your grandson's name. LOL they did have some strange ones as I recall. Very interesting comparisson- I like it, thank you.

Ooo what lovely outfits all ready for him.

Beverly said...

He'll be here soon, and that will be the most special day ever.

I spotted Goodnight Moon. It has always been a favorite in our home.

I really enjoyed the Santa/St. Nick comparison.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I'm taking today to catch up with blog friends.

Has your grandson arrived yet? Just look at all the gifts awaiting him. He's the best gift though. I know you can hardly wait to hold him.

Beautiful St Nicholas post, Pat. Thank you!

Barb said...

Hi Pat,

What a lovely post. I am hoping that your little grandson will be born on Dec 6th but I have a feeling that today might be the day.

I'll take St. Nicholas over Santa any day.

hugs,
Barb

Linda Lou said...

How exciting that your grandson could be born on St. Nicholas Day, a special time of year and a December birhday to celebrate. Best wishes to you Grandma and the arrival of your bundle of joy!!

Marg said...

This is so much fun waiting...and now I'm waiting for my little man to fall asleep. He's already five.
My little man arrived on the anniversary of my mother's passing away. I love it because I have such wonderful memories.

Betsy said...

Waiting it the hardest thing! :)

Gina said...

Hi Pat, hope you're hanging in there!
Can't wait to hear your news..Jem was 12 days over it was the longest 12 days of my life!! Great post on St Nicholas..I've often wondered about this so thanks for sharing :D Gxx