The Origin of St. Nicholas a.k.a ‘Santa Claus’
The Tradition of Santa Claus traces its origin back to a man named Nicholas, born during the third century in the former Greek city of Patara, which is now the southern coast of Turkey.
Nicholas was born into a wealthy family, who raised him to be a devoted Christian. His parents died when he was a young man and he decided to donate his whole inheritance to help the needy, the sick and the suffering.
He went on to dedicate himself to God and was made Bishop of Myra. According to the St. Nicholas Centre, he became known all over the land for his generosity to the less fortunate, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
It has been documented that Bishop Nicholas suffered for his Christian faith under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and was exiled and imprisoned.
Nicholas died on December 6th AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church, and on the anniversary of death became a day of celebration known as ‘St. Nicholas Day’ (December 19 on the Julian Calendar).
Good old Saint Nicholas continues to live on through the fictional ‘Santa Claus’, as his historic life and good deeds inspire those to give.