St. Nicholas of Myra: The Real Santa Claus RSS
St. Nicholas of Myra was born circa 280 in Patara, Lycia. An early Christian bishop based in Myra, Turkey. His joyful and generous life inspired the famous character, Santa Claus. He lost both of his parents as a young man and reportedly used his inheritance to help the poor and sick. Many stories affirm the generous heart of St. Nicholas; one, in particular, features the three daughters of a man that did not have enough money to pay their dowries and thought of selling them into servitude. Three times, Saint Nicholas secretly went to their house at night and put a bag of money inside. The man used the money so that one of his daughters could marry. On the third visit, the man saw Saint Nicholas and thanked him for his kindness. Countless stories earned him popularity all over the world after his death.