December 17

In one week, Jolly old St. Nicholas will be visiting homes all around the world!  Who was St. Nicholas, and how did he get tied to Santa Claus?

St. Nicholas was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra in Lycia. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him.  He is the patron Saint of the Netherlands.

Santa became popular in Christmas tradition when Sinter Klaus, Dutch for “Saint Nicholas,” was brought over by Dutch immigrants and they honored his death.  New York newspapers reported on this and his popularity grew!

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