|The Greek Roots of Santa Claus|
Saint Nicholas, also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (Greek Anatolia in present-day Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker.
He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.
Many stories are told of Saint Nicholas' kindness, such as the one of the poor man and his three daughters. To save the daughters from being sold into prostitution for want of dowries, St. Nicholas dropped a bag full of gold down the man's chimney. It landed in one of the stockings the eldest daughter had hung up to dry. Now she could be married. The other two daughters quickly hung up stockings for St. Nicholas to fill with gold, so that they, too, could soon be married. By the way, the three gold globes of the pawn shop are attributed to this story.
Nicholas is derived from the Greek name Nikolaos, meaning victory of the people
Saint Nicholas was born on March 15, 270 AD, in Patara, Lycia
December 6th is "St. Nicholas Day" and also known as the "Name Day" that Orthodox Christians celebrate this wonderful Saint worldwide.
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