“As I drew in my head and was turning around, down the chimney Saint Nicholas came with a bound…” Clement Clarke Moore
During his life, he is given credit for being a very nice guy:
He gave dowries to three girls who would otherwise have remained husbandless. The three bags of gold that he dropped through their window (or down their chimney!) can still be seen today as iconic symbols outside any pawn shop door.
He resurrected three young boys out of a vat of curing spices after they’d been slaughtered by a hungry local butcher. Our own tradition of serving ham for the holidays might have started with that pork barrel.
He was responsible for taking by deception two years supply of wheat from a ship’s cargo meant for the emperor in Constantinople. By miraculously replacing the grain, the sailors successfully delivered the measured cargo but the starving people of Myra had not only sustenance but seeds for spring planting. This is a reason why he has become the patron saint of sailors.
For whatever reason, this man has become the icon of gift giving in a season of darkness. His named has become synonymous with impulse we have to give until it hurts. People even collect images of him hoping that more will be deposited on his journey around the world on Christmas Eve.
He lives in a magical world of light and eternal happiness. His journey is one that we would all emulate. Whether he is named St. Nick, Sinterklaas, Santa Claus, Pere Noel, or Father Chrismas, he fills the world with joy. Let us join with his goodness this holiday and welcome in the New Year with good cheer.