Saint Nicholas


Saint Nicholas has been associated with present giving since the 9th century. He was the Bishop of Myra (now Southern Turkey and the stories associated with his life tell of his love and care of children, feeding of the hungry, healing the sick and caring for the oppressed. He saved three girls from a life of prostitution by providing with dowries, the traditional payment made by a father to the bridegroom.

Many European countries celebrate the giving of gifts on this day rather than Christmas Day.

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