Saint Nicholas Day

Submitted by ub on Tue, 12/06/2022 - 07:55

December sixth is Saint Nicholas Day, the third-century saint who was an inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas is known for selling all his possessions and giving his money to the poor. Raised as a devout Christian, St. Nicholas dedicated his whole life to serving the sick and suffering.

Saint Nicholas Day is the feast of the 4th-century bishop of Myra. St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia and Greece, of a number of cities, and of sailors and children, among many other groups, and was noted for his generosity.

He's also called Nicholas the Wonderworker. He was born and died in Turkey, but he was Greek. Among many other things, St Nicholas is the patron saint of children, sailors, merchants and brewers. The whole tradition of Christmas presents came from St Nicholas' habit of giving gifts to people in secret.

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