St. Nicholas gave said children a little more than I would have liked (hee, hee) but he's got more compassion than I. By the end of the day they had earned all their loot through good works for others. And who can argue with little man who is now on a mission to seek out and eat all the gold coins?
After the carols, home for lunch and out again with #1 & #2. He requested that she attend his First Penance as moral support. It was really touching how she was able to calm him when he was so nervous at the start. It was a beautiful glimpse into what, I hope, is a deeply connected relationship throughout their lives.
What a great First Penance service! Our religious education department is awesome and even though some of the little boys were too scared to go to the chair alone at first, everyone made it through. The principal/nun called #2 to make his penance and he didn't even look back. Afterward he said, "when a principal and a nun tell you it's your turn, you can't say 'no'" LOL. Here is the newly cleansed boy. We shall see how long he stays shiny ;0)