The modern version of Santa that we think of today, fills children’s lives with fascination, magic & pure delight. History has known Santa Clause to go by many different names. However, whether it be Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or the heavenly Saint Nick, the kindness bestowed from this iconic man, continues to live on & on. To adults the conception of Santa is nothing but a fairy tale, but ironically the inspiration behind this man holds to bare some truth. In the 4th century there was a bishop, known as Saint Nicolas. When he was a young boy, his parents unfortunately died but had left him with an abundancy of money. Saint Nicolas took it upon himself to follow the word of God & decided to give to those in need. Saint Nicolas was extremely fond of children and felt the innocent should not suffer, especially due to poverty. Saint Nicolas never expected anything in return & often his gracious and charitable deeds were done with mystery.
A popular Christmas custom regarding Saint Nicolas, is still honored by millions today. The story is about three sisters, who were likely to become slaves, due to their fathers’ inability to pay their marriage dowries. Hearing of the troubled family & wanting the best for the girls, Saint Nicolas decided to help! So, on three separate occasions, one for each girl, Saint Nicolas discreetly tossed into the home, a bag of gold coins. As socks and shoes were often left, overnight by a fire to dry, the tale speaks of the coins that Saint Nicolas tossed, to of landed in socks & shoes. This started the popular tradition of children hanging socks, in hopes of receiving something special from the generous & kind Saint Nick. The color of Santa’s costume is also thought to of originated from Saint Nicolas, as the bishops of the time commonly wore red garmented cloaks.