Friday, December 06, 2013

Myth vs. Fact on the Feast of St. Nicholas

Today we celebrate the optional memorial of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Of course, since my name is Nicholas, there's nothing "optional" about it!

Unfortunately, there's a lot of myth mixed in with fact regarding the story of his life, so here's some resources on St. Nick and how he came to be associated with the jolly fat man in the red suit. Also, ever wonder why you always find candy in your shoes on this day? That will be answered here too.


Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

9 comments:

Adam said...

You mean Santa Clause isn't real?

I'm crushed.

I'll never be the same.

:(

Laura H. said...

A little snippet from my latest blog post...

(He went a little nuts since this is his patron in name... and he's just like that. But we love him in spite of himself. *wink*)

Happy feast day, buddy. :)

jmjtina said...

We are all called to be saints, ya know.

So, yeah. You have to be one. It's the only way to join the Jesus Club, it comes with an eternal life membership.

prayers as always!

jmjtina said...

sock flavor tootsie rolls?!! W

Wow, are you sure that's a saint leaving those?

seems like......well, nevermind.

Just be a good boy and it probably won't happen again.

=P

phatcatholic said...

haha, you guys are silly :D

Laudate Dominum said...

How dare they make the feast of St. Nicholas optional!!

j/k

phatcatholic said...

yea, pretty messed up, huh

Amy Giglio said...

Nick, is it true that St. Nicholas was so enraged at Arius during the Council of Nicea that good St. Nick decked him?

phatcatholic said...

That's how the story goes, but it's probably legend since his name does not appear in any of the lists of bishops that attended the Council. I like to think it's true though :D

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