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"Saint" Nicholas

Guru Casper BN-ZERO 2011/12/06 17:11:54
RIP St Nicholaus
RIP Thanks for your wholesome love of children,which lead to the Santa Claus legend
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Birth: c. 270
Death: Dec. 6, 343
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Religious Figure. He was probably born in Patara, a province of Asia Minor which is present day Turkey. He was born to wealthy parents who raised him to be a devout Christian. They died while he was very young and he gave his entire inheritance to help the poor, the sick, and the suffering. Dedicating his whole life to serving God, he was made Bishop of Myra, the capital city of Lycia, while still a very young man. So many miracles were performed by him that he was also known as Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. Santa Claus is the name we now commonly know him by which evolved from his reputation of secret gift giving. The Roman Catholic Church never officially canonized him, his reputation simply evolved among the faithful. His early Christian activities occurred during the reign of the Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian who persecuted Christians. Nicholas and so many other Christians were thrown into prison that soon there was no room for the thieves, murderers and other real criminals. After his release from prison he attended the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD. He lived to an old age and died peacefully in his own bed in Myra and was originally buried there in his cathedral church. It is said that a unique relic, called manna, formed in his grave. This liquid substance was supposed to have healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, Saint Nicholas Day. The Christian world was afraid that access to his tomb could be lost because of the many wars and attacks in the region. In the year 1087 sailors from Bari, Italy succeeded in transporting his bones to the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari. He was so highly revered that over 2000 churches throughout the world have been named after him. He is the patron saint of children, sailors, fishermen, the falsely accused, pawnbrokers, prostitutes, repentant thieves, many cities, and the list goes on into the hundreds
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  • Mr Wayne 2011/12/06 17:13:48
    RIP Thanks for your wholesome love of children,which lead to the Santa Claus ...
    Mr Wayne
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    What about "Black Peter"? He was the one that "took care of" the bad kids.

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  • 8mariedawn6 2011/12/07 04:46:27
    RIP Thanks for your wholesome love of children,which lead to the Santa Claus ...
    8mariedawn6
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    I personally think that is great and he was a wonderful person and was blessed from the Lord I am sure.However I do not think any one should be put higher than Jesus and more kids know Santa than knows Jesus.More kids love Santa than loves Jesus.I personally think people over glory this image and put him before who it is all about Jesus.In my house Santa is not the reason for the season. jesus personally people glory image jesus house santa reason season
  • Marie-J... 8maried... 2011/12/07 17:41:52 (edited)
    Marie-Jacqueline
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    You right in that!
    Christmas is not about presents, shopping and all that.

    In The Netherlands St. Nicolas was the one giving presents on December 6th.
    http://www.stnicholascenter.o...

    It is a pity however that Santa wins in influence here, through British/American influence, which is a pity.

    For years predomently shops try to introduce Halloween here, it however doesn't really gets a foothold here.
    I don't mind that at all because this is a tradition that is not rooted in our society.
    Some traditions you should in the countries were it is rooted.
    We have a lot of other interesting traditions.
    That makes a foreign country interesting, all the things that are different as home.
  • Guru Ca... 8maried... 2011/12/07 18:21:34
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
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    to me Christmas is about children,my inner child and the Christ Child
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  • Sister Jean 2011/12/06 20:44:46
    RIP St Nicholaus
    Sister Jean
  • Guru Ca... Sister ... 2011/12/06 20:57:01 (edited)
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    thank you very interesting!
    the Brits call him Father Christmas,the French Pere Noel,etc
    the English name is from the Dutch Sinterklaas
    interesting brits father christmasthe french pere noeletc english dutch sinterklaas
  • Marie-Jacqueline 2011/12/06 20:31:03
    RIP Thanks for your wholesome love of children,which lead to the Santa Claus ...
    Marie-Jacqueline
    +3
    Thank you that you pay attention to a Dutch tradition of St. Nicolaas (Sinterklaas) en Zwarte Piet.

    st nicolaas

    You gathered already some information but there is more!
    Found this link, a lot of information available about St.Nicolas.

    http://www.stnicholascenter.o...

    Although it rather accurate on Dutch custom it doesn't mention that the evening of December 5th (Pakjesavond) is mainly for children about 7-8 year and older and adults.
    The smaller ones find their gifts the next morning December the 6th

    I have very good memories concerning St. Nicolaas and all the traditions in The netherland connected with him.

    As you might know the U.S. santa(claus) finds its origin in St. Nicolas.

    http://images.sodahead.com/pr...

  • Guru Ca... Marie-J... 2011/12/06 20:41:19 (edited)
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
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    yes the American Santa Claus is rooted in Dutch beliefs,customs,etc,Kris Kringl comes from German Catholics who imagined that the Christ Child(Christ Kinde) brought presents to children,Americans confused that with St Nicolaus,
    thank you MUCH!
  • Mr Wayne 2011/12/06 17:13:48
    RIP Thanks for your wholesome love of children,which lead to the Santa Claus ...
    Mr Wayne
    +4
    What about "Black Peter"? He was the one that "took care of" the bad kids.
  • Guru Ca... Mr Wayne 2011/12/06 17:24:55 (edited)
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +4
    ty
    lol
    his purpose is to entertain children
    in the folklore and legends of the Netherlands and Belgium, Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) ( is a companion of Saint Nicholas (Dutch: Sinterklaas,where Santa Claus) whose yearly feast in the Netherlands is usually celebrated on the evening of 5 December (Sinterklaas-avond, that is St. Nicolas Eve) and 6 December in Belgium, when they distribute sweets and presents to all good children.

    The characters of Zwarte Pieten appear only in the weeks before Saint Nicholas's feast, first when the saint is welcomed with a parade as he arrives in the country (generally by boat, having traveled from Madrid, Spain). The tasks of the Zwarte Pieten are mostly to amuse children, and to scatter pepernoten and candies for those who come to meet the saint as he visits stores, schools, and other places.


    children scatter pepernoten candies meet saint visits stores schools places

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