CHRISTMAS AND ST. NICHOLAS

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The thought of St. Nicolas just came to me as I was listening to the night before Christmas.  We use the word Santa Claus here in the United States but it started out differently.

 

The tradition starts with a man who was a bishop in the 4th Century in modern day Turkey.  He was also a wealthy and kind man.  There was also, so tradition says, a poor man with 3 daughters who could not marry because he did not have dowry.  Supposidly, Nicolas dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and it fell into some stocking that were drying by the chimmney.

St. Nicolas was exiled and put in prison by the Roman Emperor.  He died on December 6th.

Now in Germany people still celebrate Nikolastag (St. Nicholas Day).  They put a shoe or a plate outside the door for Nikolas to leave goodies.

Here in the USA its started as Kris Kringle and then Dutch Sinterklaas to today's Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

 

 

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Gabe Sanders
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Thank you, Grant.  And, a very merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 25, 2017 05:46 AM #8
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Grant. Always the teacher this is simple and good. Merry Christmas.

Dec 25, 2017 06:17 AM #9
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Grant... great little history lesson... in Holland they still celebrate St Nicholas day when gifts are handed out. And, of course, he is a "major" saint in Russia.

Dec 25, 2017 07:01 AM #10
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Joan Cox
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Grant, it is amazing to remember all the names Santa has been called.  Thanks for the history!  Merry Christmas! 

Dec 25, 2017 07:45 AM #11
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Thank you very much, Grant, for the history lesson.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2017 07:51 AM #12
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Merry Christmas Grant to you and your family,  Great story and now we know more about traditions.

 

Dec 25, 2017 08:37 AM #13
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Grant Schneider
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Gabe - thanks you very much.  Looking forward to some warmth in Florida. 

Sheila - thank you so much for your kind words.

Nina - yes that is right. He is big in Russia.

Joan - the tradition gets modified by the culture.  

Roy - thank you  Hope you had a great  Christmas.

Will - glad you heard the rest of the story 

 

 

Dec 25, 2017 03:49 PM #14
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Grant I was not familiar with what you shared, so thank you for sharing it.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Dec 25, 2017 06:11 PM #15
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Hi Grant, I hope you have had a wonderful day. Many Blessings. 

Merry Christmas

 

Dec 25, 2017 08:07 PM #16
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Grant Schneider
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George - Hope that you had a very Merry Christmas yesterday.

Debbie - Merry Christmas and many blessings to you also.

Dec 26, 2017 05:20 AM #17
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Sharon Tara
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Very interesting Grant. I had never heard that story before! Merry Christmas!

Dec 26, 2017 10:23 AM #18
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Grant Schneider
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Sharon - hope you had a Merry Christmas.

Dec 27, 2017 06:27 AM #19
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Rebecca Gaujot
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Thanks for sharing as I've never heard this story before, Grant.

Dec 27, 2017 05:51 PM #20
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Grant Schneider
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Rebecca - I am glad to have shared it.

Dec 28, 2017 04:34 AM #21
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Glad I found this...love how we learn such a varitey of interesing things in Active Rain. 

Dec 28, 2017 08:37 AM #22
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My German friend was telling me how they celebrate slightly differently in Germany. Our Christmases have gotten so commercialized.

Dec 29, 2017 03:15 PM #23
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Laura Cerrano
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I hope you have the happiest of holidays with your family and friends and all the best for 2018!

Jan 01, 2018 11:03 PM #24
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Laura Cerrano
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I love to hear about how different cultures celebrate it throughout the world and hope that I get to experience one of these someday soon

Jan 01, 2018 11:04 PM #25
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Grant Schneider
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Debb and Bernie - thank you.  I was really glad to share this information.

Debbie - oh yes, there are many differences there.  Some still even have live candles on trees.

Laura - thanks so much for your support.

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The Dutch celebrate Sinterklaas. I grew up celebrating Christmas, but two years ago we clebrated Sinterklaas, poems and all. Each person buys a gift, usually small and writes a poem that sums up their view of the person receiving the gift, which often makes "fun" of the person receiving the gift as does the poem. Hard work but lots of fun. Their version Sinterklaas came from Spain, he arrives each year by boat and then rides a white horse, along with some Moors to help referred to as "Black Piets" This is now a whole discussion about politically correct or not in Holland.

Jan 15, 2018 11:16 AM #27
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