Saint Nicholas is coming

December 5, 2009 at 11:30 PM 1 comment

On the night of 5/6 December we are waiting for Saint Nicholas to come.

How we get prepared for this evening? Well, first of all, we shine our boots and put them under the window. Then Saint Nicholas comes and leave us gifts if we were good, otherwise he put a stick in our boots. At least, that’s the plan.

Let’s see who Saint Nicholas was:

Once upon a time a man named Nicholas. His parents died when he was just a child, leaving him all the money they had and he decided to help the poor people. His neighbor was a poor noble who had 3 beautiful daughters. Being poor, his daughters can’t get married without a dowry.

When the time came for the first daughter to get married, Nicholas left in front of the door of the noble’s house a gold pouch, during the night. He also did the same thing for the second daughter. When the time came to get married for the third daughter, the noble man invigilated  to find out who has made so many good to her daughters. The noble man saw Nicholas and even if he asked him not to tell anyone about this, the word spread and every time somebody received something, they thank to Nicholas.

Saint Nicholas lived in the IV century, he was cardinal of Myra (now located in Turkey) and was recognized and honored as sacred since the sixth century. As a saint, Saint Nicholas was more generous with punishment than with reward. According to Christian tradition, he punished those who deviate from the right faith hitting them with a stick over their hands. This is why it’s said that disobedient children receive a stick in their boots instead of gifts.

I hope all of you will receive what you wished for!

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