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Things you didn’t know about St. Nick.

He was real. Yes, there was a real ‘St. Nick’.

St. Nickolas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick.

Was he born at the North Pole?
He was born in Patara, a land that is part of present-day Turkey, circa 280 AD. (About 280 years after Jesus was born). His parents were very wealthy ethnic Moors. He was an orphan after his parents died during an epidemic when he was young.

Where did the name Santa Claus come from if not the North Pole?
St. Nickolas was also called ‘St. Nick’. Or, for the Dutch, and southern Germany, Sinterklaas. Northern Germany he was known as Sankt Nikolaus. Other name for him was Kris Kringle, for the Spanish, San Nicolás.

What about the gifts?
After his patents died, and St. Nicholas became older, he would give portions of his inheritance away to the less fortunate. The most popular and possibly the most accurate story is when he helped prevent a poor family from selling their daughters into slavery by tossing bags of gold into the family’s open window, and down the chimney.

What about the Red Suit?
This came from Germany. St. Nick was celebrated first on December 6th, (and it was cold in Germany in December).

Did he have reindeer?
People in Scandinavia and Finland often used reindeer to pull their sleighs in the winter and it was soon part of the popular story.

Is he still alive at the North Pole?
As Christians, we understand that he lives on in heaven with Jesus. This is a much nicer place than a cold drafty old cabin at the North Pole with smelly old reindeer.

How does St. Nick deliver all those gifts? Who are the elves?
The spirit and thought of St. Nick lives on today though the Christian tradition of giving gifts. This means that St. Nick has about 2.2 Billion helpers. Family, friends, neighbors helping others.

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