St Nicholas Day December 6th

Two days late for this – the Feast Day of St. Nicholas:

A day millions of Christian children around the world will wake up to shoes filled with small gifts and candy.  In some regions, the day includes elaborate festivities of symbolic rituals to honor and celebrate the goodness and generosity of a great man born centuries ago.

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, 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 Nicholas was still young.

Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.

Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

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7 Responses to “St Nicholas Day December 6th”

  1. Don QuiScottie December 8, 2012 at 18:41 Permalink

    Tried to read more but got:

    “Forbidden: You don’t have permission to access /The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas… Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.”

    Have I not been a good enough boy to visit Santa?

  2. James Higham December 8, 2012 at 18:58 Permalink

    Oops, sorry – I put in the text instead of the url – too tired at the moment. Should work now.

  3. Dave December 8, 2012 at 18:59 Permalink

    donquiscottie you have been a very naughty naughty boy.

  4. Don QuiScottie December 8, 2012 at 21:19 Permalink

    It’s true Dave… but I am just a bit worried about how you know. Or maybe I have been even naughtier than you know.

  5. BobG December 8, 2012 at 22:48 Permalink

    If I remember correctly, St Nicholas was also the patron saint of thieves. Which means he should be revered by politicians everywhere…

  6. Amfortas December 9, 2012 at 05:46 Permalink

    Its the RFID thingo sewn into your kilt, Don.

  7. Don QuiScottie December 9, 2012 at 18:36 Permalink

    RFID inside my kilt?

    At least it’s not CCTV fitted to my undercarriage.

    That day may not be too far away though, as the State embraces new technology.

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