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jueves, 6 de diciembre de 2012

St Nicholas

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born in Patara, nowadays Turkey. 
He followed 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. 
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith and was imprisoned. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church
It is said that his relic has healing powers, fostered the growth of devotion to Nicholas. 
Through the centuries many stories and legends have been told of St. Nicholas' life and deeds.  
One of them is he saving some girls to be sold into slavery by tossing coins of gold through the windows and falling by stockings. 
You have more information on the Nicholas Center page.

After reading about St. Nick and watching the following video Origins of Santa Claus, you may be able to answer the following questions:

1. Where was St Nicholas a bishop in?
2. Where did the gold that St Nicholas   
   tossed through the window land into?
3. When did St Nicholas die?
4. Who were the first ones to call St 
   Nicholas, Santa Claus?
5. Who drew the American image of Santa 
6. There is a rumour that a famous company 
   from Atlanta, changed the colour of 
   Santa's attire, although it may not be 
   true, can you name it?

When Clemens Clarke Moore wrote The Night Before Christmas (also known as Twas the Night Before Christmas, he started connecting the idea of St. Nicholas to Christmas. The poem was also known as A Visit from St Nicholas. You can read the full version on this web page.

Later, an American cartoonist gave us the 

latest image of the American icon which you can see in these butter cookies decorated 
with royal icing by Manu Catman.

However, I am attaching a new version by Brandon Heath

After all these stories, children may just be interested in wainting for Santa's (St. Nicholas) arrival on Christmas Eve. So, they'd better watch out!!

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