Did you hear that? Could that be Santa up on the roof? And what does Santa have to do with another famous gift giver in Church history?
Well, it seems that our modern-day Santa has his roots in the historical figure of Saint Nicholas, a bishop who gained notoriety in the third century as a secret gift giver.
Saint Nicholas was known throughout his village for using his inheritance to give anonymous gifts to the poor and needy. And as the bishop’s fame spread beyond his hometown, so did the image of this kind man with a long, white flowing beard. It is the likeness of the real Saint Nicholas that over time has become the face of Santa Claus as we know him today.
Today, when you see the many representations of Santa Claus during this Christmas season, take time to think about the real Saint Nicholas bringing joy and giving to all during the Christmas season. Who knows, maybe there is a little Saint Nicholas in you this Christmas!