Dec 6, 2011

St. Nicholas

Today is St Nicholas Day ... the tradition & legend of Santa Claus, of leaving gifts for the children on that special night came through him. He was the son a wealthy Turkish merchant and raised as a Christian. After the death of his parents, he sold his inheritance and dedicated his life to helping others eventually becoming the Bishop of Myra....


One story tells of him passing by a window one day, he over heard a merchant who had suffered financial losses telling his three daughters he could no longer afford their dowries. That night Nicholas threw a bag of gold into the house for the first daughter...the next two night he did the same thing for the other two girls...So when you see a picture of him holding three orbs, those represent the three dowries of the girls he helped..


He died on December 6, AD 343 & it is on this Eve (tonight) children place a shoe with a note for what they wish for Christmas...older children really examine their behavior as only Saint Nicholas will ever read the note...repentance for the bad and replacing it with a good and giving spirit prepares the children for the Advent of Christ... 


The next morning the children find gold chocolate coins (remember the dowries) a candy cane (symbolic of his walking cane) as well as an activity, thought-provoking or religious book...


 This was recommended as one of the best books on St Nicholas because of the beautiful illustrations and more in-depth historical look at the story that gave us Santa and a more profound message for Christmas....


So for those of you who celebrate...
 Happy St Nicholas Day!!!

2 comments:

Barbara said...

Thank you for this - so inspiring!

Vintage Green said...

I've always loved his story....thanks for reminding me of it.

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