St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas

Feast Day: December 6
Patron of: Children, sailors, prostitutes, pharmacists, pawnbrokers, archers

St. Nicholas was a Greek bishop who had a reputation for working miracles and secretly giving people gifts, which is why he’s recognized as the original “Santa Claus.” A number of colorful tales rose about his abilities and kindness; for instance, he was said to have saved a poor man’s daughters from becoming prostitutes by providing a dowry for them. Hiding his good deed in the dead of night, St. Nicholas went to the man’s home and threw three bags of gold through the window. The man’s daughters were saved by the unseen gift-giver.

St. Nicholas became a stellar example of Christian generosity by sharing from his abundance with others. Whether money, time, or wisdom, St. Nicholas gave often and richly, never wishing to be recognized for his kind works.