Today December 6th is the Feast of Saint Nicholas
‘Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.’ ~Francis Church, New York Sun, 1897
There is a lovely story about a girl who wanted to write a letter to Santa Claus. “Of course dear,” said her mother, “You want to tell him what you would like for Christmas then?” Her daughter shook her head, “I just want to tell him I love him,” she simply replied.
Today is the feast of St.Nicholas. He came from a wealthy family and decided to give all his money to the poor. He always did so quietly and without fuss. He would drop some gold coins down the chimney of those who were really poor. People wondered who the generous donor was.
One day someone found out it was Nicholas. His name and fame began to spread to many countries and so Santa Claus as we know him today came into being. We give gifts at Christmas because we know deep within that it’s good to express our love for those who are special and important to us. Thanks to Nicholas, Santa is alive and well. Our world would be such a darker place without his inspiring presence.