The Real St. Nicholas

Going back to the old stories

Like many people, I first met St. Nicholas in Clement Clark Moore’s poem, The Night Before Christmas. There, he’s an elf, dressed all in red, with a great white beard. He rides in a sleigh pulled by reindeer, and he brings gifts to good children.

The real St. Nicholas was a bishop in the early part of the fourth century. He born in Patara, a trading city on the coast of the Roman province of Lycia, in the year 270, or perhaps 280. As a relatively young man, he became the bishop of Myra, the principal city of Lycia.

And the stories of his life are far more exciting, and more fun, than stories of elves and reindeer. If your children haven’t met the original Santa Claus yet, it’s a great time to learn more about him.

Here are stories from the life of St. Nicholas that you can read and share:

Buy the Book: The Saint Nicholas Day Snow

Shoes or stockings? Horse or sleigh? Does St. Nicholas visit on December 6 or on Christmas Eve? Will a little girl’s prayer be answered? When Elizabeth has to stay at Catherine’s house, she’s worried about her grandmother, and worried that St. Nicholas won’t find her. The grownups, though, are worried about snow.

Celebrate the wonder of St. Nicholas Day through the magic of a book: The Saint Nicholas Day Snow.

Charlotte Riggle    Sharing faith, hope, and picture books

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