As a lover of the strange & the apocryphal & just plain odd –
I had wanted to do a WP piece on St. Nick / Saint Nicholas / Santa Claus / Father Christmas / Pere Noel After my post – Halloween post about the Krampus, I go looking / researching, & what to my wondering eye should appear, I find this treasure trove of St. Nicholas lore ! With St. Nick being a guardian of prostitutes ( as I had started my research on ) & then pawn – brokers ( The stars of TLC’s ” Pawn Stars ” should honor him ) !
Being a fair, balanced, reasonably HONEST sort, anti – plagiarism, I will give credit where credit is due, & being a fairly good sport, I will HAPPILY issue Pre – Yule kudos to Ms. Maggie McNeill for this fact – filled & somewhat funny offering ! Bravo ! EXTREMELY early wishes for a happy holiday season, AND – Blog on, friends, Romans & fellow blogging infosphere – denizens !
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. – Clement C. Moore
How did the 4th century Greek bishop whose feast is celebrated today become the symbol of the spirit of Christmas in a large part of the world, and what in the world does it have to do with prostitution? The answer to both questions is the same: Nicholas of Myra (270 – December 6th, 346) was a very wealthy but very devout man with a reputation for both extreme generosity and the ability to work miracles, and one of his most famous deeds is the source of both an important part of the Santa Claus legend and Nicholas’ designation as the patron saint of prostitutes. This…
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