Awesome Advent Day 20: Nifty Nicholas
Here are some foul facts about St. Nicholas, now known today as Father Christmas or Santa Claus.
- Bishop Nicholas died in AD 343 and was buried in Myra, but 800 years later, half of his skeleton was snatched by thieves who wanted his bones to perform miracles.
- Tests on his bones show that Bishop Nicholas was just 150cm tall and had a broken nose.
- As well as being patron saint of children he is saint of merchants and thieves.
- In the Middle Ages, Saint Nicholas was always painted in pictures as a man in green. In his home town, in Turkey, there was a beautiful statue of Saint Nicholas. It was taken down by the mayor in 2005, and replaced with a red plastic Santa Claus for tourists
More Seasonal saints on Day 24 of Advent!