Posted by: Don Linnen | 6 December 2009

The Santa Claus Myth

Today in history.

Don’t read any further if you still believe in Santa Claus.

The Santa Claus myth has its origin in the historical reality of a guy named Nicholas, born in the third century in what is now Turkey. He grew up a devout Christian in a wealthy family, but was orphaned at an early age.

Taking Jesus’ words seriously to “sell what you have and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his entire inheritance to assist those who were needy, sick, and suffering. His life of radical discipleship led to him being consecrated Bishop of Myra while he was still a young man.

During the persecution of Christians by the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Nicholas suffered for his faith and was exiled and imprisoned. He survived prison and was part of the Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D. He died on this day about 1700 years ago.

He was well known throughout his life for his generosity and love for children. It really doesn’t take a 501 c 3 to work for the common good.


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