Recently I had the joy of teaching at the Wildwood Women's Christmas brunch. I had a blast teaching on the guy in the picture with me. Can you spy who it was?
You can pay anywhere from $400-1800 to attend a school where you can learn the tricks of the trade, get a diploma, and even a guarantee that after you complete the course you will not only be like him, but actually BECOME SANTA.
I have studied him a bit in the past, but nothing serious until recently.
My son Diego came home from school upset, "Mom I just want to believe". I wasn't sure what the problem was until I took some time to figure out that he was bummed because everyone at school believes in Santa and we don't even acknowledge the poor guy.
So, after some thought and encouragement from his older sister Bella, I decided to study old Saint Nicks life and provide something for Diego to believe in.
Don't bother googling Santa Claus because you will get over 177,000,000 results and it will be a waste of your time. But You can go to:
and there is a plethora of knowledge and information there about the real guy.
But here are the cool facts that I found worth noting:
Nicholas was born during the third century in the village of Patara.
At the time the area was Greek, and is now on the southern coast of Turkey.
His parents were wealthy
They raised Nicholas to be a devout Christian
They died of the plague while Nicholas was still young.
Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering.
He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.
As a Bishop, Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to
those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
There is an account of a poor old man who had three daughters.
The larger the dowry, the better the chance that she would find a good husband. Without a
dowry, they would unlikely marry. This poor man's daughters were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging
stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. (http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/)
Obviously Saint Nicholas was a man touched by Christ and the ways of scripture. The fact that he
dedicated his life to serving God and the church holds a lot of weight. He was a man of faith and held true convictions.
There is a documentary on Netflix called Becoming Santa, it is very interesting and if you have a chance you should check it out.
It explains the progression of Santa Claus and provides an excellent timeline of how he became the giant icon that he is now.
I am not so sure that if Old Saint Nicholas was here today to meet the "jolly old elf" he would be too happy. We (America) have gone so far from the truth of who he really was.
As for my family, especially Diego; we can support the faith of a man changed by God, besides the story of Santa Claus is a great evangelism tool to share with the non-believer.
Who doesn't love Santa?
Don’t’ be a rebel without a CLAUS!!!