Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 17th December 2018 in Christmas | christmas,xmas,St Nicholas,early church,Nicea council,father Christmas,santa claus
It's that magical time of year when the lights go up, the trees get decorated and a familiar bearded man in a red
suit pops up everywhere.
He goes by a few names: Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nick.
But who was the real Santa Claus?
Well, to answer that, we need to go way back in history to the fourth century to a Bishop called Nicholas of Myra (present-day Demre, Turkey).
Memes abound about St Nicholas and Arius
Some early lists place him as one of the Bishops who attended the First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD, and there are some questionable legends which states that he was temporarily defrocked (a removal from office) and imprisoned during...