Research - Holidays/Festivals - St. Nicholas' Day (Dec 6)
St. Nicholas' Day:
St. Nicholas was a 4th century bishop from Myra, who was imprisoned by Emperor Diocletian and died on December 6th (year unknown and his remains were moved). Legend says he resurrected three murdered boys, which led to him being known as the protector of children. St. Nicholas had a huge cult following, expanding the legends and practices. The Dutch Sint Klaes eventually morphed into Santa Claus with a red outfit and a sack of toys for children.
For more information:
StNicholas Center - an excellent explanation of the history of the holiday
The birth of Santa Claus
The Evolution of St Nicholas
Posted by Wendy Quest