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For most of us, everything we know about Santa Claus came from our parents and the variety of Rankin & Bass Christmas specials. It’s easy to forget that St. Nick was a real person and not just a jolly man in a red outfit.
The Real Saint
He was born in Anatolia, modern day Turkey, around 270 AD. He would give gifts away in secret, thus the idea of Santa Clause as we know him was born.
Patron Saint of Sailors
In life St., Nick was said to be the inheritor of his family’s business of fishing. Though he continued working he did receive and inheritance which he gave to the poor.
It’s said that while living on the island of Myra, a great famine struck and caused hunger across the island. In an unusually garish attempt at solving hunger, a local butcher murdered three boys and hid their remains in barrels. He was going to prepare the children and serve them to the poor. St. Nick resurrected the boys and saved them from their fate.
The Birth of Santa Claus
The story goes; a poor man had three daughters, but no dowry to provide any possible suitors. This meant the three girls would probably never get married and would become spinsters. In the middle of the night St., Nick tossed three bags of gold through the window of the man’s home.
St. Nick Was a Fighting Man
St. Nick has many stories surrounding him on hand to hand fights throughout his life. His most famous altercation was when he smacked the bishop in front of Emperor Constantine. He also detested Paganism so much that he oversaw the destruction of the Temple of Artemis, which still had people in it. When they sought comfort from St. Nick, he told them to “Go to hell’s fire, which has been lit for you by the devil.”
No One Knows Where St. Nick is laid to rest
In 1087, sailors stole his remains from Turkey and took them to Bari, Italy. But, an abbey in Ireland also claims to have the bones of St. Nick. There seem to be claims all over the world as to where his remains are. In France, the Palais des Beaux-Arts claims to have a tooth!