Do you believe in little saint Nick?
The stories surrounding St Nickolas are many, but the one I adhere to is as follows.
St Nick was born in Germany, hence the reason for Germans celebrating St Nickolas day on the 6th of December, traditionally children leave their shoes outside their front doors and good old ST Nick comes along and fills them with sweets, (gifts from father Christmas).
St Nickolas was a very wealthy man who eventually travelled to Greece and it is here in Greece he became known for delivering gifts to children.
The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus
St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century at first in Germany then Greece He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. There are several legends about St. Nicholas, although we don’t know if any of them are true!
Image from the St. Nicholas Center
The most famous story about St. Nicholas tells how the custom of hanging up stockings to get presents in first started! It goes like this:
There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a dowry, so his daughters couldn’t get married. (A dowry is a sum of money paid to the bridegroom by the brides parents on the wedding day. This still happens in some countries, even today.) One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house (This meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be married.). The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas.
Because of his kindness Nicholas was made a Saint. St. Nicholas is not only the saint of children but also of sailors! One story tells of him helping some sailors that were caught in a dreadful storm off the coast of Turkey. The storm was raging around them and all the men were terrified that their ship would sink beneath the giant waves. They prayed to St. Nicholas to help them. Suddenly, he was standing on the deck before them. He ordered the sea to be calm, the storm died away, and they were able to sail their ship safely to port.
St. Nicholas was exiled from Turkey where he had moved on to and later put in prison during the persecution by the Emperor Diocletian. No one is really knows when he died, but it was on 6th December in either 345 or 352. In 1087, his bones were stolen from Turkey by some Italian merchant sailors. The bones are now kept in the Church named after him in the Italian port of Bari. On St. Nicholas feast day (6th December), the sailors of Bari still carry his statue from the Cathedral out to sea, so that he can bless the waters and so give them safe voyages throughout the year.
in 1066, before he set sail to England, William the Conqueror prayed to St. Nicholas asking that his conquest would go well.
You can find out lots about about St Nicholas at the St. Nicholas Center.
How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus
Santa in different color outfits
In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular.
But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, particularly in England, he became ‘Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Man Christmas’, an old character from stories plays during the middle ages in the UK and parts of northern Europe. In France, he was then known as ‘Père Nöel’.
In some countries including parts of Austria and Germany, present giver became the ‘Christkind’ a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus.
In the early USA his name was ‘Kris Kringle’ (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say ‘Santa Claus’!
Many countries, especially ones in Europe, celebrate St. Nicholas’ Day on 6th December. In Holland and some other European Countries, children leave clogs or shoes out on the 5th December (St. Nicholas Eve) to be filled with presents. They also believe that if they leave some hay and carrots in their shoes for Sinterklaas’s horse, they will be left some sweets.
So who’s been on the naughty list?
- David Jones the MP for Clwyd West & Freemason, for being a lying, devious, little shite, a child staker and a disgusting internet troll
- Nigel Roberts, Freemason, for being a bloated over eating alcoholic, jaffa, internet troll, child stalking police informant
- Dylan Moore, Freemason, for being a limp wrist-ed little weasel, a liar and a police informant
- Wendy Roberts, for being a lying baron-ess but retired Nat West lovey
- DS John Hanson, Freemason, for being one of North Wales Police bent piglets
- Inspector Ian Verburg, Freemason, another bent North Wales Police piglet
- DCC Gareth Pritchard, Freemason,for being a big lying piggy
- CC Mark Polin, Freemason,for being a shameless gutless piggy who abused his position to benefit his Freemason pals
- PC 1854 Gary James, Freemason, for lying in official police statements, leaving his wife and kids for a female piglet, and sucking up to his bent ex cop mate Martyn Parmley
- Lets not forget Gordon Anglesea, Freemasonex North Wales Police Chief, Freemason, Paedophile, oh this disgusting thing is dead, so he will be dancing for the devil.
Tut Tut Tut, a mass of corruption in such a small area, ST Nick is not a happy bunny.