Gala Awards Banquet
Honoring Those Who Embody the Christmas Spirit All Year 'Round
1. St. Nicholas Institute Certificates of Achievement
Santas and Mrs. Clauses from across North America who participate in the multi-day institute will formally receive their respective FRAMED St. Nicholas Institute Certificates of Achievement at the conclusion of this gala event.
Upon the completion of year four, students will be enrolled as a recipient of the Order of St. Nicholas Medal. See detailed information concerning this achievement, below.
EXCITING NEWS! Two New Medals to Honor St. Nicholas Institute Alumni
1a. Order of St. Nicholas Medal (Ordinis Sancti Nicolaus Numisma)
October 7th, 2015 marked the inaugural date for conferring the distinguished "Ordinis Sancti Nicolai Numisma" ("Order of St. Nicholas Medal"). Since then, this medal has been presented to alumni members of the St. Nicholas Institute Alumni who have completed four years of formation.
Click HERE to view explanation of the Order of St Nicholas Medal & Ribbon
1b.St. Nicholas Medal of Honor
Sancte Nicolaus Numisma Honoris ("St. Nicholas Medal of Honor"): The medal will be presented in the future to all members of the St. Nicholas Institute Alumni who have completed eight years of formation.
2. Spirit of St. Nicholas Award
Honoring 4 outstanding individuals who, to an extraordinary degree, embody the Spirit of Christmas 365 days a year. Winners represent a wide range of occupational backgrounds.
Categories for individual recognition are drawn from each of the 4 St. Nicholas Institute Core Values, which are:
1. Nicholas as our Model,
2. Openness to the Christmas Spirit,
3. Exercising Compassion,
4. Love for Children.
Since the first letter of each Core Value forms an acronym for the word, "NOEL", living each Core Value quite literally says: "Christmas"!
Recipients of the Spirit of St. Nicholas Award will be chosen by the institute's Selection Committee.
Each of the Award Winners are formally announced each year on July 1st.
3. Lifetime Achievement Award
By means of this very exclusive award, the institute is pleased to recognize individuals whose personal lives have dramatically personified the Christmas Spirit over the span of many decades; thereby inspiring others to share in the same peace, joy and hope that the angels proclaimed on that very first Christmas.
As with the Spirit of St. Nicholas Award, Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are chosen by the institute's own Selection Committee.
Information concerning the Award Winner(s) will be formally announced each year on July 1st.
4. Spirit of Christmases Past, Present & Future Award
Inaugurated on October 2, 2013, this prestigious award recognizes noteworthy individuals who have made an indelible contribution to the tradition of Christmas on a worldwide scale. Due to its unique status, the "Spirit of Christmases Past, Present & Future Award" may not necessarily be conferred annually. Recipients may be either living or deceased.