The man we know as Santa Claus has a history all of his own. The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. He was from modern-day Turkey, he was a great guy – a saint actually, and should be honored as one of the greatest ever in history.
It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. The white beard gentleman was admired for his kind heart. St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick
Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors making him an unforgettable part for many children.
He was most famous for his services involving three poor sisters, with meant they were unable to marry (and if fact, would possibly be sold to slavery as it was the custom in those days). One morning the family woke up to three bags of gold mysteriously waiting for them in their home, allowing these girls to have a new chance in life.
St. Nicholas was the most popular Saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.
Saint. Nicholas first arrived in American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century, first in December of 1773 and again in 1774. A New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.
Rumors have that his death was celebrated on December 6th, with a feast, and this was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married.
Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Santa Claus is without a doubt one of the biggest attraction in all shopping mall’s today.
Two New Yorkers named Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast are the reason why Millions of children wait for Santa Claws every Christmas Eve, it really is magical to see memories been made year after year. That is If you choose to live, love, and believe the story of once a generous bishop named St. Nicholas.