Now 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!
A Western and Eastern Sinterklaas.