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What am I noting today?

December 6, 2020

“The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara in Asia Minor. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.” – The St. Nicholas Center

Over the years, St. Nicholas Feast Day came to be celebrated by the giving of gifts of sweets. In Holland, particularly, children place their shoes outside their rooms at night and hope that they will find them filled with candy in the morning.

So, put out your shoes tonight and if you cannot wait, go eat a cookie.

St. Nicholas, patron saint of sailors, children, cats, and more.

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