Happy St. Nicholas Day

December 6, 2013

The breif history

St. Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. He became the gift giver of Myra. His gifts were given late at night, so that the gift giver's identity would remain a secret. St Nicholas was eventually named the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece.

St. Nicholas was a Christian priest, who later became a bishop. He was a rich person, and traveled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. St. Nicholas did not like to be seen when he gave away presents, so the children of the day were told to go to sleep quickly or he would not come! Nothing has changed and Santa Claus will not arrive this Christmas unless the children go to sleep early.

A famous story about St. Nicholas, is about a poor man who had no money to give to his three daughters on their wedding day. St Nick dropped bags of gold into the stockings which the girls had left to dry by the fire. The sisters found the gold and ever since, children have hung up stockings on Christmas Eve hoping that they will be filled with presents by Christmas morning.

SALT Network: Join us at our upcoming events

> December 4th - Christmas event at the CSC Hall of Dreams

> December 6th is St. Nicholas Day, enjoy your treat today and pay it forward on 12/6

> Java with Jesus bible readings, every Monday at Panera in Minneapolis - 8am 2nd Floor

> Wednesday Prayer at Ameriprise Headquarters - Noon on 4th Floor HQ Building