Who was the Historical St. Nicholas?
How did Nicholas of Myra become Santa Claus?
Nicholas of Myra (270-343) was a bishop in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) long remembered for his generosity and miracle working. He remains a highly visible saint in the Byzantine East, comparable in popularity to Francis of Assisi. Today most of us in the United States know him as Santa Clause! Who was St. Nicholas and how did he become the basis for the personification of secular Christmas? Questions/topics to be addressed: early Church history, ecclesiology, as well as sanctity and sainthood.