Merry O Merry Christmas is here
Jingles and Carols if you can hear
Coming this way making us sway
With loads of gifts and blessings,
Look who is here, oh my dear
Santa Claus has come !!
Christmas reminds us of devotion, celebrations, festivities and most of all, our dearest Santa Claus. The gift giver, Santa Claus is believed to come on the night of Christmas Eve and leave gifts for all the well-behaved and good children. The story of Santa Claus is as old as time.
Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century Greek Christian Bishop, who was known for his kindness and generosity. The people of the Lycia province, now in Turkey, say that he was a very religious man and devoted his entire life to Christianity. He was respected and loved by people for the good deeds he had done all his life. The stories of his kindness are known and are still told to kids to teach them about the great Saint and Gift Giver.
Saint Nicholas donated all his wealth and spent his life serving the sick and poor people in the countryside. He was a popular figure in Europe and was known as the protector of children and sailors. During the middle ages, children were given gifts on the evening before his death anniversary that is celebrated on December 6th. The story of the great saint became popular in America towards the end of the 18th century.
Evolving from Nicholas’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klass, he became popular as Santa Claus, the gift giver. The story of Saint Nicholas grew to popularity in America when John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society’s annual meeting in the year 1804.
Later in 1809, Washington Irving referred to Saint Nicholas as a patron saint of New York, in his book, The History of New York. Since then, Santa Claus has become a common yet beloved figure who comes on the night before Christmas day with loads of gifts for children.
This Christmas, let us hope that all the children get inspired by the story of the great Saint Nicholas and learn that Christmas is all about sharing, caring, and giving. The life-story of Santa Claus teaches us to be generous and care for the needy. If believed and practiced, you can find a Santa in your own self.
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