Do you do Santa Claus with your kids? Did your parents with you? We do Santa Claus with Little Man and at age 9 he still believes 🙂 Child like wonder is so heartwarming. In our home Santa can only bring one present that can fit in the stocking and us under $100. So about mid November Little Man starts thinking and researching about what Santa can bring him. He looks for price and shape of the box the item will come in.
Well did you know that Santa Claus is based on an actual person? In the 3rd century a boy named Nicholas lived in Myra, which is modern day Turkey, he came from a wealthy family and had a deep love of Christ. He was known as “boy bishop” and was on track to become a great christian leader. One story tells of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman’s father had to offer prospective husbands something of value, a dowry. The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver. If you would like to read more about St. Nicholas click here.
Day 18 of the countdown to Christmas Scripture, Luke 2:12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.