Happy Yule-nnuk-kwa-stice-tide.

File:Nikola from 1294.jpgNow for today's history lesson.

Saint Nicholas (270 –343 AD), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a 4th-century Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker. Orphaned at an early age, he was especially giving to children and used his great wealth to open poor houses, hostels and a hospital. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos". His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students. His feast day is 6 December. (I tell you this so next time you come across any 'war-on-christmas' types you can say, "Do you know when Saint Nickolas' feast day is? ... Didn't think so.")
Merry Xmas bitches!

Eastern St Nicholas
A Western and Eastern Sinterklaas.


Sharon Driscoll said...

And a Merry Christmas to you too Marina...I love the history lesson and am sending it to my granddaughter. Her biology teacher told her that St. Nick was a "dutch thing" and they made it up because they hallucinated from eating mushrooms that had red tops with white dots (hense the red and white clothing). LOL - Think about that, the Dutch on an acid trip...you got to love this holiday.

Beatnheart said...

Merry Christmas...warm loving times with your family and to the rest of the Fanci crew of beeches...the very merriest to you all.

La Fileuse said...

Merry Christmas, Marina, and everybody here ! Saint Nicholas has such sense of fashion... ^^

betweenreader said...

Merry Christmas, all!

PS I love those tin whistle earrings that you led off griping about. I'll bet it's pretty hard to blow yourself away, but the rest of us are pretty easy. XO

Louise said...

Merry Christmas Marina, hope you have a wonderful one! Looking forward to more blogreading in 2013. xox

Juliette Williams said...

Happy Christmas from me to all of you. Just got back up the mountain from the wackiest Christmas I've been to yet, in all of my years. First up it was going with my Welsh husband and many friends to the most hilarious gay bar in San Francisco I've ever been to. COVERED from ceiling to bartender in Santas, elves, angels, you name it (I mean decorations, not the people). THEN, the people - a huge drag show on the stage with everything from carols to rap, blues to country. We had a few drinks and then walked down the street to - I kid you not - High Mass at Midnight. We have two of our dearest friends who are Episcopalians, two beautiful married gay men. It was incredible. All sung, the big frankincense burners, everything. Took me waaaay back to when I had to go to midnight Mass (Catholic, but damned near the same thing).

Love you guys! THink maybe I should tell the whole story on my blog, ha! xoxo