🎅🎅🎅 THE TRUE ORIGIN OF SANTA CLAUS 🎄🎄🎄
The Origin of Santa Claus, was taken from Dutch "Sinterklaas", which translates to Saint Nicholas; Santa Claus is really a fantasized version of Saint Nicholas of Myra, who really lived from the year 270 to 343. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian bishop of the ancient Greek maritime city of Myra in Asia Minor, now ruins in Turkey, during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus, "Saint Nick". After his parents died, Nicholas is said to have distributed their wealth to the poor. In his most famous exploit, which is first attested in Michael the Archimandrite's Life of Saint Nicholas, Nicholas heard of a devout man who once had been wealthy, but had lost all his money due to the "plotting and envy of Satan." The man had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, be forced to become prostitutes. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but, being too modest to help the family in public, or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity, he went to the house under the cover of night and threw a purse filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. He did the same thing the next two nights, giving the man a total of three bags of gold, one for each of his three daughters. According to Michael the Archimandrite's version, on the third night, the father of the three girls stayed up and caught Saint Nicholas in the act of the charity. The father fell on his knees, thanking him. Nicholas ordered him not to tell anyone about the gift. The scene of Nicholas's secret gift-giving is one of the most popular scenes in Christian devotional art, appearing in icons and frescoes from across Europe. Saint Nicholas was also a great protector of children during times of famine, and saved quite a few, he even brought them gifts, where the legend of Santa Claus was born.
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