Saint Nicholas was called Nikolaos of Myra, a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas.
The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
December 6th-feast day of St. Nicholas. Secret gift-giving. Do you ever give in secret-gifts? Most of us give something to charities throughout the year. Perhaps writing a check out to an organization or maybe just dropping money in a bowl as we go into Walmart or the grocery stores.
The most joy for me is in giving. How about you? How do you feel about giving? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone who could, would?