Monday, December 6, 2010

Yes, there really was a Santa Claus but his name was Saint Nicholas!



Yes, there really was a Santa Claus but his name was Saint Nicholas!

Who doesn't love Santa Claus! He is associated with laughter, joy, and holiday cheer, but what is the difference between Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas?
"Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas"
Santa Claus belongs to childhood;
Saint Nicholas models for all of life.
Santa Claus, as we know him, developed to boost Christmas sales-the commercial Christmas message;
Saint Nicholas told the story of Christ and peace, good will towards all-the hope-filled Christmas message.
Santa Claus encourages consumption;
Saint Nicholas encourages compassion.
Santa Claus appears each year to be seen and heard for a short time;
Saint Nicholas is part of the communion of saints surrounding us always with prayer and example.
Santa Claus flies through the air-from the North Pole;
Saint Nicholas walked the earth-caring for those in need.
Santa Claus, for some, replaces the Babe of Bethlehem;
Saint Nicholas, for all, points to the Babe of Bethlehem.
Santa Claus isn't bad;
Saint Nicholas is just better."
-J. Rosenthal & C. Myers-

To me the Internet is such an amazing source of information! I just wish it was available when my children were growing up. If you would like to learn more about Saint Nicholas or find some wonderful activities you can do with your children just click on the following link....
http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=38

Happy Saint Nicholas Day everyone!
With warmest regards, Carol

7 comments:

Madeline's Album said...

What a wonderful post. I remember very well the story of Saint Nicholas. Santa Claus is for children but I hope the parents if they know the story of Saint Nicholas tell it to their children. Thank you for your visit to my last post. Yes I have been busy baking gingerbread cookies for my family and friends, also pumpkin breads. All my decorations are up, the cards addressed and ready to be mailed. Have a blessed day and I wish for you and your family a Merry Christmas. Madeline

Vee said...

A wonderful distinction...thank you, Carol!

Joan said...

What a wonderful post. I agree - the internet is full of lots of great information. So many things to find and so little time to research it all.
Have a fun day,
Joan & Jane Austen Eyre

Eileen said...

Happy St. Nicholas Day!
I remember when I was in school we celebrated St. Nicholas Day by going to Mass with the whole school.
They don't do that anymore, but my grandson goes to Catholic school and he came home today with a picture of St. Nicholas in his folder that he had colored and he said his teacher told them the story of St. Nicholas. So I was happy with that at least!

Great post, Carol!
Love and Prayers,
Eileen

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

A wonderful lesson to learn and a great example of how traditions get started...let us all remember from where this fun and festive season gets its meaning, n'est-ce pas? Have a lovely evening, Carol!

Anita

♥ Kathy said...

This post really made me smile Carol...truer words have never been spoken!

GardenofDaisies said...

Happy St Nicholas day to you! It is always good to remember where our holiday traditions came from.

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