6 December AD 326
Of the many saints recognized by the Christian Church, Nicholas is one of the most widely commemorated. However, very little is known historically of him, although there was a church of Saint Nicholas in Constantinople as early as the sixth century. Research affirms that there was a bishop by the name of Nicholas in the city of Myra in Lycia (part of Turkey today) in the fourth century.
While we don’t know a tremendous amount about him, scholars are certain that he was not a “jolly old elf” and that he espoused an austere lifestyle incompatible with “a round little belly” shaking “like a bowl full of jelly.”
From that coastal location, legends about Nicholas have. . . Read All