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The story of Saint Nicholas by Andra

As December is the month of holidays, celebration, joy and gifts I thought I could tell you a little story. Everyone knows the story of Santa Claus but how many of you know the story of Saint Nicholas? Every evening on December 5th, boys and girls from all over the world prepare their boots and go to sleep waiting for St. Nicholas. Unlike Santa Claus, he comes when no one else knows and brings sweets, fruits and even a stick if we haven’t been very nice that year. The story of St. Nicholas begins with his birth in 280 AD, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. He became the gift giver of Myra. His presents were given late at night, so that the gift giver’s identity would remain a secret. St. Nicholas was eventually named the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece. A famous story about St. Nicholas is about a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St. Nick dropped bags of gold into the stockings

which the girls had left to dry by the fire. He will remain popular for his gifts and acts of kindness. St. Nicholas is one of the most celebrated saints throughout the world; Christians from all over the world celebrate him and have built churches named after him. In time, in many cultures St. Nicholas has been replaced by Santa Claus. The idea is mainly the same, everyone has a story about a man who comes and brings gifts, whether his name is St. Nicholas or not or if he comes on December 5th or in any other night during December, he is celebrated and expected by children everywhere. In the Republic of Ghana it is told that St. Nicholas comes from the jungle, while in Hawaii he comes from the sea, by a boat. In Germany he comes with a bag full of gifts and a stick in his hands. Polish people believe that the gifts come from the stars and the Hungarians tell the children that gifts are


brought by angels. In Syria gifts come on a camel on January 6th, while La Befana is the character that brings gifts to Italian children. In Romania, St. Nicholas, known also as SinNicoara, is one of the most popular saints, especially in Ardeal. He comes every December 5th night and brings sweets and toys to nice children and a little stick to those who haven’t been that nice. But to be honest, not only children expect St. Nicholas, each one of us cleans his boots for this

occasion hoping they will find something in there the next morning. So how nice have you been this year? Did you find a present, sweets or a little stick this year?

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The story of St Nicholas by Andra