History: [Circa 270 to 343 AD]
Ever wondered if this is all a make-believe story? The core of the Santa Claus story is actually quite real. The reindeer don’t actually fly and Elves are the stuff of magical legend. The North Pole being just an ice mass would not be a practical base upon which to build a city, especially in times of global warming.
But the jolly old gentleman in the red suit? He was real. His name was Nicholas and he was named the bishop of Myra – in modern day Turkey , which seems appropriate doesn’t it?
‘Bishops traditionally wore red robes usually with white trimming, and the red hat. Bishop Nicholas was a kindly and generous man. He noticed that some children within his diocese came from poor families, families so poor that there was no money for Christmas gifts. This troubled the kindly bishop. So he devised a scheme. Giving charity to the poor only served to point out how poor the recipients were. To spare their feelings, and to disguise who was behind this, he started sneaking around on Christmas Eve delivering gifts to children who otherwise would not have a gift on Christmas morning. And so the legend of Saint Nicklaus or Santa Claus was born.
Over the fifteen centuries since he started this tradition, the Christian world continues it with millions of Santa’s helpers putting together toys, wrapping gifts, and sneaking them under the Christmas tree while children dream of happy, magical things.
So in a way, yes, perhaps there are Elves after all. And Mrs Claus? We do not know if Nicholas of Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. ever married, but in the Rite to which Nichloas belonged, priests (and bishops) did marry. So perhaps if we went back in time to the year 300 [[ ]] on Christmas eve, we would see a jolly old soul dressed in red leaving gifts for children that he carried in a big bag. And who knows, maybe reindeer really do know how to fly.
Bishop - A senior member of the clergy at a Christian Church.
Circa - approximately around
Diocese - a district or area that falls under a bishop in the Christian Church.
Rite - a ceremony usually of religious nature.