Saint Nicholas was a famous bishop throughout all of Europe for helping the poor. Churches began to celebrate Saint Nicholas on December 6 and kids all over Europe would set out shoes and stockings the night before Saint Nicholas Day hoping he would visit them. When people began moving to America in the 1600s, they brought their stories and traditions of Saint Nicholas with them!
The Dutch settlers called him “Sinter Claase,” which became Santa Claus. Over time, the December 6 celebration of Saint Nicholas and the December 25 celebration of Jesus blended together. Saint Nicholas spent his life serving Jesus, which is what we are called to do as well. Nicholas proclaimed God’s glory. Jesus’ mother Mary did the same thing. Let’s praise the Lord today and proclaim His glory!
Provided by Phil Vischer