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Who is Saint Nicholas?

By Gabby Martines

We know Saint Nicholas is another name for Santa Claus. But what is the real story of Saint Nicholas? I did some research and here’s what I found out.

The full name of Saint Nicholas is Saint Nicholas of Myra, also known as Nicholas of Bari, and he was an early Christian Bishop, living between the years 270-343.

Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need. He had love for children and showed concern for sailors and ships.

He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Myra was a town in ancient Greece located on the coast (of what is now the country of Turkey).

Displaying more generosity, Saint Nicholas also provided for the poor and the sick.

He had wealthy parents who raised him to be a devout Christian. He believed that wealthy people should sell what they owned and give money to the poor.

Knowing all of these basic facts about the generosity and giving spirit of Saint Nicholas, it is no wonder we started to use this Saint as the model for Santa Claus.