The Feast of St. Nicholas

If you have little ones still had home, did you have them put their shoes out this morning so St. Nicholas could put candy in them?  My kids used to put out their Christmas stockings.  And, since we have a "Nicholas," it's been a long running tradition in our family.

Most of us know that St. Nicholas (born in 270 in Patara, Lycia and died in 343) is the patron saint of children, but did you know that he's also the patron saint of sailors, fishermen, merchants, the falsely accused, pawnbrokers, prostitutes, repentant thieves, and many cities?

According to Bert Ghezzi's, Voices of the Saints, there are two things we know for sure about St. Nicholas:  sometime in the fourth century a man named Nicholas was elected bishop of Myra (now called Mugla in southwestern Turkey) and after his death he was buried in his cathedral.

You can read more about St. Nicholas here, or better yet, get a copy of Bert Ghezzi's book and read the fascinating legends about St. Nicholas.

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