Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 17th December 2018 in Christmas | christmas,xmas,St Nicholas,early church,Nicea council,father Christmas,santa claus
...after his death
. Seamen throughout Europe and Asia, as well as his own people, adopted him as their patron.
His relics were carried to Bari, Italy, in 1087, after the Moslem invasion of Asia Minor. Countless churches in England, France and Germany bear his name. In Germany he became associated with Christmas, and as a giver of gifts on that holyday he is known in America as the kind and generous "Santa Claus."
“Lord, giver of good gifts, make us generous to others, especially to the needy.”
The book of the Saints, Hoagland, V, Regina Press, pp. 288-290
From the excerpt above, it becomes clear how Nicholas became associated with gift-giving and charit...