Nicholas Center Collection "Aside from the obvious disparities between Saint Nicholas and the secular Santa Claus, perhaps the most poignant difference between them can be seen in the nature of the gifts they give. While Santa has his bundle of toys, the gift that Saint Nicholas gives is nothing short of freedom from poverty and desperation.
We all know that only God is eternal. So how did this wonderful Christmas character who is so giving begin? We didn't make him up.
|The Legend of St. Nicholas||Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor now called Turkey. He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money.|
|Sinterklaas - Wikipedia||Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes.|
|The origins of Santa Claus||This is a variation of one of the best-known traditional Sinterklaas rhymes, with "RAF" replacing "Sinterklaas" in the first line the two expressions have the same metrical characteristics in the first and second, and in the third and fourth lines. The Dutch word kapoentje little rascal is traditional to the rhyme, but in this case it also alludes to a capon.|
|Christmas Traditions and Customs||Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor now called Turkey.|
|The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus||Santa Claus is an fun part of the many families Christmas celebrations.|
Saint Nicholas, whose name was changed over the years to Santa Claus, was a real person, a bishop in the church in the fourth century.
He died on Dec. Many stories have been told of his generosity. In Saint Nicholas' time, a young woman had to have a dowry money or material things which she brought to her husband before she could be married.
It's a custom we have eliminated in our culture because we believe in the equality of women and men. Saint Nicholas wanted to help a poor nobleman with three daughters, but he wanted to do it anonymously without anyone knowing who did it.
He didn't want to be praised for his generosity. He gave for the joy of giving. So, three bags of gold were thrown through the nobleman's window.
However, the nobleman found out who had given the gold for his daughters' dowries. After that, anonymous gifts of charity often were attributed to Saint Nicholas. This good man also spent several years in prison because of his faith.
Many prisoners were converted to the Christian faith by his witness. He has changed through the years. Originally, he was dressed in his traditional Bishop's robes. It wasn't until the 20th century that he began to be dressed in the red and white outfit in which he appears to us now in the persons of his many "helpers.
Nicholas" more commonly know as "Twas the Night Before Christmas" in Only eight reindeer pulled Santa's sleigh until the song "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was written.
However, since Saint Nicholas conveys a spirit of generosity and love, we remember him and we too give gifts. Because Saint Nicholas gave us such a good example of helping the poor, Santa Claus may well be a healthy part of our celebrations.
As Allan Hauck wrote in Calendar of Christianity, If Santa Claus has become too commercial, too secularized, perhaps it is "because we have forgotten his historical origin in the beloved Bishop of Myra who obeyed Christ's command that we help all those who are in need.Young and old alike adore Santa Claus Allen.
His authentic appearance and genuine personality win over everyone he comes in contact with. Having several looks, from the traditional Santa Claus suit to a casual, but still great looking, causal Santa look, Santa Claus Allen can changes looks to fit your vision.
St. Nicholas, Santa Claus & Father Christmas. The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus; How St. Nicholas Became Santa Claus; Santa Claus and Coca-Cola; The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus. St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called .
The tradition of Santa Claus entering dwellings through the chimney is shared by many European seasonal gift-givers.
In pre-Christian Norse tradition, Odin would often enter through chimneys and fire holes on the solstice. . The tradition of Santa Claus entering dwellings through the chimney is shared by many European seasonal gift-givers. In pre-Christian Norse tradition, Odin would often enter through chimneys and fire holes on the solstice.
 Play: Santa Claus: A Morality. The New York elite succeeded in domesticating Christmas through a new "Santa Claus" tradition invented by Washington Irving, John Pintard and Clement Clarke Moore.
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Or when the first Christmas card was invented? If so, click on the items in the picture above for a brief explanation of some of the history and traditions associated with Santa Claus and Christmas.