Wed Dec 6th

Saint Nicholas Day

Saint Nicholas Day, December 6th, honors the third-century saint who inspired the modern-day Santa Claus.

St. Nicholas is known for selling all his possessions and giving his money to the homeless. St. Nicholas, who was born as a devout Christian, dedicated his entire life to helping the sick and suffering.

Legendary tales about St. Nicholas later became part of the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. For example, a daughter's chances of marriage increased in the third century after her father gave prospective husbands a large dowry. One story tells of a struggling father with three children. He had no dowry to offer.

Traditionally, families took their shoes by the fires at night so that they could dry. Ol' St. Nicholas provided a dowry for each girl on three separate occasions. Legend says he made gold appear in their shoes, which was drying by the time.

Although St. Nicholas Day is not to be confused with Christmas, several similarities do exist. Traditions include leaving gifts in shoes (or stockings) or the exchange of small gifts. Another tradition is to provide treats for good boys and girls. However, the naughty ones get a twig or a piece of coal.

St. Nicholas' interesting facts about him: Interesting St. Nicholas's: Interesting St. Nicholas's: Interesting stuff about him:

  • He is the patron saint of a multitude of charities. To name a few, sailors, visitors, clergy, schoolchildren, and robbers are among the causes
  • He was born in Patar, a village on modern-day Turkey's southeastern coast
  • Water believed to have healing powers in his tomb in Myra was discovered in his tomb. It is called the Manna of Saint Nicholas
  • The Feast of St. Nicholas, which is also known as the Feast of St. Nicholas, is also celebrated in Europe on December 6th

How to celebrate #stnicholasday

Incorporate some Saint Nicholas Day traditions into your holiday season. Slip a gift or surprise into someone's shoe. It doesn't have to be complicated, it doesn't have to be complicated.

  • You could leave a special note or a small wrapped piece of chocolate
  • Leave a coin or an ornament for the tree
  • Tuck a stress ball or a new pair of socks into a loved one's pair of shoes
  • A fun air freshener or small bath bomb are two more fun gifts to sneak into a pair of shoes

St. Nicholas' tale is told in this post. To post on social media, use the hashtag #StNicholasDay.

Nicholas day is the first day of st. nicholas day in the United States

On the anniversary of his birth, December 6th, St. Nicholas Day is celebrated around the world.

St nicholas FAQ

Q. Where was St. Nicholas born?

A. The Christian bishop of Patara, Turkey, was born on March 15, 270 AD.

Is St. Nicholas also Santa Claus? Q. Is it Santa Claus?

A. No. A. No. A. No. The idea of Santa Claus was inspired by St. Nicholas's visit to Santa Claus. The Dutch word Sinterklaas has also been linked to Santa Claus's past.