Saturday, December 7, 2019
Today’s reflection is excerpted from Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi.
Sometime in the fourth century a man named Nicholas was elected bishop of Myra, now called Mugla in southwestern Turkey. After his death he was buried in his cathedral. These two sentences tell all that we know for sure about St. Nicholas.
However, we all enjoy legends about St. Nicholas. The legends of the three gold bundles and the three children are probably behind the tradition of giving gifts on Nicholas’s feast day and at Christmas, which originated in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Dutch settlers in the United States transformed St. Nicholas into the Santa Claus who now helps us celebrate the birth of Christ.