This is the “real” Santa


THIS week some celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. “The ‘real’ story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, a man born in the 3rd century in what is now Turkey. Orphaned at a young age, Nicholas took to heart the words of Jesus and sold what his wealthy parents had left to him. Nicholas gave his profits to the poor, and was soon made bishop of Myra. His reputation for compassion and generosity continued –


14 thoughts on “This is the “real” Santa

  1. Dear Bryan Patterson’s,
    While I was confessing the Word Of God, your face come to my mind, I saw your photo in the blog yesterday.
    The Lord told me to tell you; ” He will increase you and guide you.”
    I always obey God and that is why I am now in your blog writing this.


    • See what a nasty piece of work that god is??
      Far from needing to be increased, our Bryan needs to DEcrease
      …….. at least by a couple of dress-sizes!


      • There are different kind of increase when it come to the kingdom of God. God is not limited. We don’t know what increase God give to this person. Only God knows. We don’t know what kind of guidance will give to him, only God.


      • Whatever, it is a wonderful word of encouragement and no doubt, an answer to prayer.

        The Lord bless you and keep you, Mr and Mrs Patterson, two very special and beautiful people who have enriched and blessed my life!

        Love you both very much.


      • Is it just my poor memory, or is it true that this same St Nicholas proved to be very un-compassionate to the Heretic Arius during the Council of Nicea? Got physically violent as I recall.


      • Ah Bryan,
        yeah, I know i’m old, but you are right. I didnt see it happen. (Unless of course that I myself was Arius in a previous incarnation, – or Constantine or Cleopatra or Napoleon etc etc etc etc.)

        The story was told in many books over the years, and I read about it quite some time ago. However, just looking it up on the Internet under headings like St Nicholas striking Arius, and you’ll find quite a number of references to it. It is a very old and apparently well attested story. And Nicholas is described as being recognized as a cantankerous old so and so.

        According to the accounts, Constantine was not at all impressed, having delivered the ruling that no violence must take place during the Council. Nicholas duly was briefly imprisoned for his action, and quickly repented of his action and he was forgiven after visitations in his cell by the Virgin Mary and Christ himself. Just maybe he got to be the sweet and lovely saint of legend only after this incident blew over.

        Cheers, Rian.


      • Arius view was that Jesus was not at the same level as God. He was created. Wow, on judgement day that council is going to be hoping they made the right decision. Everything followed on from there.


  2. The Dutch still celebrate this day, and give the children presents; leaving Christmas (and Santa) for later in month. Question is would it be better to celebrate the birth of Christ without the Anglo-Amercian emphasis on the material side. I think perhaps it would.


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