The Legend of St. Nicholas

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick.

One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe.

Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.

Information provided from History.com

Tough Time for us All

This just in from the North Pole. Due to the pandemic affecting the world and at the urging (demanding is more like it) of Mrs. Claus the Big Guy signed the, Save Christmas 2020 defense act. This in turn activates at 11:59 pm tomorrow evening the force field that was installed during the threat of the Cold War. All elves are in fine shape as they are giving physicals every 6 months to insure their health and well being. They will be working scaled down shifts as to not wear them out. We will all get thru this and if you follow the instructions it will be over soon we hope. Santa and Mrs. Claus want to encourage people to stay strong and for all the little boys and girls to work hard at home and help out as much as you can. Please stay home and don’t forget about social distancing. Remember we are always watching. Elf Phillip

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