The Feast of Saint Nicholas, which is also called Saint Nicholas Day, is celebrated on 6 December in Western Christian countries, and on 19 December in Eastern countries. It is the feast day of Nicholas of Myra with special focus on his reputation as the saint of brings gifts.
After Saint Nicholas got back to his home a couple of years later, he became a Bishop, which obviously implied that he would wear the brightly-colored robes and ceremonial hat of a Bishop, and a staff symbolic of his office as “Good Shepherd” of Christians. He likewise got known for his liberal blessing giving, remembering an uncommon situation for which he gave three bundles of gold to a devastated widowed dad to spare his little girls from a life of destitution and dishonor.
The brilliant story of the real Saint Nicholas offered ascend to the amazing “Saint Nick” or “Sinterklaas” of German and Dutch custom, which thus offered ascend to the story of Santa Claus, who like a customary Bishop, wears ceremonial red clothes and hat, holds a staff, and is a bearded, grandfatherly figure. Some even affirm that the legend of Santa Claus descending the stack of family homes to offer presents to kids started with the genuine story of the three packs of gold given to the dad by letting the present fall down his fireplace!
The people of Beit Jala observe Saint Nicholas Day on December nineteenth, with extraordinary display. During a church service, people descend to the lower level of the church, where the cave of Saint Nicholas can be entered, and light candles and give oil in thanks to Saint Nicholas, or to ask for his blessing in their lives and on their families.
The people of the town partake in a modest happy festive parade led by their Scout troops, and return home to celebrate with fish dinners, as most are in a period of fasting before Christmas. Christians all through the town of Beit Jala are likewise glad to share accounts of supernatural occurrences that Saint Nicholas, or “Mar Nicola” as he is privately called, have made in their lives.
So this Christmas, as the kids in your family, parish or community are caught up with waiting for Saint Nicholas to come, recall that indeed, there is a Santa Claus, and he has an extraordinary association with the Holy Land!
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