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-The Real St. Nicholas

by Dr. D ~ December 17th, 2011

English: Painting of st Nicholas

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Here’s the story of the real St. Nicholas who was a Christian Bishop in the 4th century:

The Truth About Santa Claus

What comes to mind when you think of Santa Claus? Probably jolly ol’ St. Nick in his red suit, a snowy North Pole, a sleigh pulled by reindeer, gifts for Christmas or similar images. But there’s more to "St. Nick" than just the nickname.

History tells us that an actual Christian saint by the name of Nicholas ministered in the fourth century. Mythologized and secularized though he has been, Nicholas’ deeds of compassion were authentic.

Nicholas was born in the port city of Patara in Asia Minor around A.D. 280. When he was still young he came to faith in Christ, due primarily to an uncle who was a priest. When he was about 10 years old, a plague swept Patara killing many, including Nicholas’ parents. His uncle placed him in a monastery, an act of kindness in those times.

At 19 Nicholas became a priest, and at 20 he became the bishop of Myra Lysia, now Demre, a city near Patara. He became known as a compassionate bishop who had a great love for the poor, disenfranchised and morally bankrupt.

Nicholas’ acts of mercy soon became the stuff of legends. …

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