Facts about holiday of kindness. How to celebrate St. Nicholas Day 2020
We also talk about why the world Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus, looks rather atypical for the saint. And why this image is close to the truth.
December is a month of gifts, magical events, and amazing holidays. They begin with the day of St. Nicholas, always celebrated on December 19.
A Christian saint, known as Nicholas the Wonderworker, remembered and revered by Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic Christians as a historical figure and a great saint, cares for soldiers, drivers, and travelers, helps the poor in need, is considered the patron saint of children and students, sailors, and traders.
According to the few written sources that survived to our time, Nicholas was born about 280 in the Greek colony of Patara. His parents were wealthy and deeply religious Christians who baptized their son immediately after his birth, which was a rarity at that time. From an early age, Nicholas was very religious, and as a young man, he set the goal of devoting his life to divine service. After the death of his parents, Nicholas receives a vast inheritance, which he gives to the needy and carries out the idea further.
According to legend, St. Nicholas, who later became Bishop of Miriam, was an extremely decent man. He always sympathized with the poor and helped them in every way. In order not to humiliate the needy with alms, he placed gifts under the doors and windows. Legends tell of the extraordinary power of his prayers. Once he calmed a storm at sea, saving fishers from imminent death. The Wonderworker's word also had healing properties: the saint healed the crippled and the sick, saved those doomed to execution from death.