Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
What crowns of praise shall we weave the bishop?
He reaches out in spirit to all.
--Troparion for St. Nicholas
Tradition has blurred the line between Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century bishop, and jolly ol' St. Nick. Little is known about Nicholas, but it's safe to say that he wasn't a roly-poly man in a red hat. Learn more about the man honored by the Orthodox Church and other churches for his holiness.
St. Nick Resurrects Pickled Boys!
According to one legend, pickling isn't permanent when a saint is on your side.
A Candy Cane Blessing
"May these candy canes, shaped like your Bishop's staff, be for us a sign of your benevolent care." Read a blessing for candy canes that invokes St. Nicholas.
Links: St. Nick Around the World
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to see how St. Nicholas' Feast Day is celebrated in European countries--and learn how your family
can celebrate it, too.
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