The Man Behind Santa Claus
Many of us know Santa Claus as the joyous, white-bearded figure said to bring gifts to the homes of good children on the night before Christmas. It’s hard of us to think of our childhood and our culture without his legend or influence. But many who celebrate Christmas, particularly a secular one, know little of the origin of the modern figure, derived from Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. Known for his reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to those in need, there is so much to his story and many legends that have grown as a result. Here are five things you didn’t know about the real St. Nicholas.