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Saint Nicholas Day

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Saint Nicholas Day



When : Always December 6

St. Nicholas Day is today. Yes, there really was a christian Saint Nicholas. He lived in the country of Greece, just a couple hundred years after the birth of Christ. This day is in honor of Saint Nicholas and his life.

Saint Nicholas became a priest, and later, a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. True to the christian concept of giving up belongings and following Christ, St. Nicholas gave up all of his belongings. He was well known for giving to needy people, especially children. There are may stories and tales of him helping out children in need.

The practice of hanging up stockings originated with Saint Nicholas. As the ancient legend goes, Saint Nicholas was known to throw small bags of gold coins into the open windows of poor homes. After one bag of gold fell into the stocking of a child, news got around. Children soon began hanging their stocking by their chimneys "in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there".

It wasn't until the 1800's that the spirit of St. Nicholas' life evolved into the creation of Santa Claus. And, this happened in America. Santa Claus emerged (or evolved) from the stories and legends of St. Nicholas. Santa Claus was kind and generous to children. Unlike "St. Nick", Santa Claus is largely a non-religious character.



The three pictures on this page, are a good example of the evolution from St. Nicholas and his practices, through to the arrival of Santa Claus and the traditions of modern Christmas.

Have a happy St. Nicholas Day.



Origin of St. Nicholas Day:



St. Nicholas Day has been celebrated for hundreds and hundreds of years. It commemorates the death of this very special, very holy person on December 6th. Record keeping was not perfect in his time. His death is believed to have been in either 345A.D., or 352 A.D.
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LITTLEWIND53 12/7/2012 8:56AM

    This is also my brother's birthday so this day is extra special for my family....

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PATRICIAAK 12/6/2012 11:17PM

    A day I've celebrated all my life.

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CHRIS3874 12/6/2012 9:19PM

    Thanks

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THINAGIN2 12/6/2012 6:47PM

    Thanks for the brush up on history!

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LAINYC 12/6/2012 1:24PM

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MILPAM3 12/6/2012 1:12PM

  And it's my husband's birthday, too!

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HEALTHIERKEN 12/6/2012 12:46PM

    Thanks for the reminder! We have a St. Nicholas porch figure I will get and put on the step RIGHT NOW!
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HANSBRINK 12/6/2012 12:03PM

  Thank you! Love St. Nicholas Day. I wish it was emphasized more, instead of treating Christmas Day as THE day to give presents.

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TOMWAMP 12/6/2012 9:31AM

    Ah yes St. Nicholas I know him well.

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RUN4FOOD 12/6/2012 9:26AM

    Thanks for sharing. Some of the days are a bit iffy, this is a good one.



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GINA180847 12/6/2012 9:02AM

    In my family of origin we always celebrated St. Nicholas Day and it was the fun holiday. Xmas was more serious but on Dec. 6th we would have lots of treats, presents and fun with the family.

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CAT609 12/6/2012 7:19AM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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BARB4HEALTH 12/6/2012 7:19AM

    Thank you so much! It is so appreciated to celebrate a real "saint" who is known for kind deeds to children. from Rom.1:7--..beloved of God, called to be saints" If we truly are the beloved of God, we need to ALL imitate the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, as called of God to do so.

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