St. Nicholas

I love to share stories and traditions that celebrate the life and works of St. Nicholas. If you’re looking for something in particular, check the index.



St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

St. Nicholas, deliverer from famine

When Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, a great famine came over the land of Lycia. Hunger and death became familiar companions. The bishop prayed for his people, of course. But even he could not turn stones into bread. When Bishop Nicholas finished his prayers, he walked...
St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

St. Nicholas, patron of sailors

There was another Nicholas, a sailor, who lived near the same time and place as Nicholas the Bishop of Myra. It’s likely that some of the stories about St. Nicholas rescuing sailors were originally told about that St. Nicholas. But over time, the stories were...
St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

St. Nicholas and Arius at the Council of Nicea

Did St. Nicholas really slap Arius at the Council of Nicea? For a long time, I would have said, “Probably not.” But I’ve changed my mind. Read the story, and see what you think. A return to Myra It had been a dozen years since Nicholas had walked out...
St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas, the unwilling Bishop of Myra

St. Nicholas never wanted to be the Bishop of Myra. But God didn’t give him a choice. The Road to Myra Nicholas was young and wealthy. In his home town of Patara, that was enough to make him something of a celebrity. He’d never thought about it one way or...
A dowry for the widower’s daughters

A dowry for the widower’s daughters

The story of St. Nicholas and the widower’s daughters is, today, the best known story from the life of St. Nicholas. This story is the reason we hang stockings for St. Nicholas to fill (or set out shoes, if you follow the Dutch tradition). In The Saint Nicholas...

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