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St. Nicholas - December 6

By December 6, 2013

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Bishop (Saint) Nicholas

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St. Nicholas Day is December 6. St. Nicholas is a legendary figure connected with Christmas gift-givers like Santa Klaus. He is thought to have lived in the 4th century, and to have been born in Lycia in Asia Minor. He was probably bishop in the Lycian city of Myra. Nicholas is thought to have been wealthy and to have given his gold away to help others. There is a story that he provided bags of gold as dowries for three daughters of a poor man to keep them from having to become prostitutes.

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December 6, 2006 at 5:02 am
(1) Colette says:

The St Nicolaas is called Sinterklaas in the Netherlands and celebrated on the 5th of december. He has black helpers called Piet,every single one of them!!, and he is supposed to ride his horse on the roof. Though these days due to central heating he leaves his presents in the kiddies shoes every night from the 20 th of November when he arrives, till the 6th when he leaves unnoticed, near the radiators and back doors. On the 5th you get all the entire big presents in one big coaldust bag, probably set in the Hall way or near the outside door, accompanied by a lot of noise, made by all the Piets to help find the kids to find the presents.
The presents should be accompanied by a verse, telling tales about you behaviour (!) and where improvements might be necessary according to the grand old man. All tongue in cheek of course. The presents should be disguised as something completely different and the verse should be read out loud.
Also in the Netherlands, schools give st nicolaas presents, to alle kids and in the higher classes to eachother. It is quite a work of art, hardwork and lots a rebeginnings to get the verse just right.

December 6, 2006 at 2:48 pm
(2) NSGill says:


December 7, 2012 at 11:43 am
(3) Demos L says:

The real Saint is St Nicolas. Santa Claus is a COCA COLA advertisement!
Demos L – GREECE

December 8, 2012 at 10:28 am
(4) NSGill says:

I’ve been reasonably criticized for understatement here, although I don’t entirely agree, so I’ll post the comments: From email:

you say, “It is claimed that he attacked Arian for his heresy and destroyed pagan temples.”

That’s a pretty mild way to say it, don’t you think? He disrupted a whole-church ecumenical council by starting a fistfight in the middle of the meeting. And the purpose of the council at that time was to determine whether or not Arian was a heretic, so at the time Nicholas’ attacked him, Arian had not yet been judged a heretic. Nicholas attacked him because he had a violent temper.

And “destroyed pagan temples” is a pretty mild way of saying “appropriated” all the money which was the property of pagan temples while desecrating the precincts worshipped in by an overwhelming majority of the people, who, however, no longer had the favor of the Emperor since they shunned him after he murdered his wife and children.

January 31, 2013 at 5:13 am
(5) lousiewhei says:

Pardon me for my ignorance, Miss Gill replied about attacking Arain, destroying pagan temples, but I failed to google anything like that in the reading about St. Nick, so anyone can enlighten me please?

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