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Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus?
Both Santa Claus and Santa Claus have little in common with the saint, whom some consider their prototype. Most likely, there is a mixture of different legends into one.
Saint Nicholas lived in the 4th century.From early childhood he was distinguished by his love for his neighbor.. The fame of his affairs was great, so he was appointed bishop by a young man. He settled in the city of Izmir in Greece (now it is the territory of Turkey). Saint Nicholas was rich and helped the poor in every way, and he always did it in secret, putting gifts in the windows.
And once, wanting to help a poor family, in which there were three daughters and whose father, because of poverty, decided to sell them to fornication,St. Nicholas threw three bags of gold coins at Christmas.(This continued until they had accumulated enough dowry to get married.) But once all the windows in the house were locked. Then St. Nicholas threw the bags of gold into the tube.
Another legend says that the gold coins thrown by him into the pipe, fell into the drying socks hanging by the stove. Therefore, now Catholics enclose gifts in socks that are hung by the fireplace.
But,Saint Nicholas became famous not only for his secret gifts, but also for the miracles that he did during life and after death.
Saint Nicholas was considered the patron of the sailors and fishermen. He patronized the children who were abducted and destroyed: he found them and brought them back to life. There was a legend that on the feast of St. Nicholas the bishop distributed gifts, but only to obedient children, and punished the mischievous.
Therefore, on the feast of St. Nicholas, which the Orthodox Church celebrates on December 19 (in the new style), and the Catholic on December 6,obedient children always receive gifts from St. Nicholas.
Of course, the climate in Greece is different from ours, because St. Nicholas did not wear any fur coats and hats.
As you can see, Santa Claus (originally appearing as a good elf) and Santa Claus (initially being just Frost, the patron saint of winter) have little in common with Saint Nicholas.They are united only by the love of children, and the custom of giving gifts.