a giving spirit is Christmas...
"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
Who is St. Nicholas?
December 6th ~ St. Nicholas Day December 19th on the Julian Calendar.
"The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to the those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships." -St. Nichols Center
"St. Nicholas Day is celebrated in many ways—the stately bishop may lead a town parade, be commemorated in saint's day worship, visit schools, hospitals and homes or provide the focus for a party, come under cover of night to leave sweet treats and small gifts for children. "However he comes, Saint Nicholas reminds us that giving is more important than receiving, and doing for others is the faithful way to live." -St. Nicholas Center