Good Ol’ Saint Nick

It is thought that the real Santa Claus was actually a 4th century saint and bishop, named Nikolaos of Myra. There is little information about his life but a story that seems to have survived is one of an act of kindness that has been depicted on canvases and frescos for centuries, gifted to a struggling man and his family. The man was facing economic hardship and as a result was considering selling his three daughters into prostitution, often referred to as “the oldest profession in the world” because of references like this one. Nikolaos of Myra heard of this and acted as he could, by leaving three purses of coins, in each enough to cover one dowry, at the family’s home.

He was aware of something that was wrong, did what he could; and brought freedom. Note also that he worked to prevent – if more of us did this, perhaps slavery wouldn’t be such a big problem in our world.

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