Legends

Santa!

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Ok, Santa Claus is not a Bible Character, but he was a real person, a man known as St. Nicholas.

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas.

It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey.

Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends.

It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick.

One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married.

Over the course of many years, Nicholas’s popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors.

His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6.

Source: History.com

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