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St. Nicholas Day
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|Flesch-Kincaid grade level:||6.27|
Who Was St. Nicholas?
By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 Nearly everyone has heard of Santa Claus and his gifts and Christmas Eve sleigh ride. It's a magical story that has captured the imaginations of people all around the world. Have you ever wondered who the original Santa was?
2 The legend of Santa Claus comes from the country of Turkey in the Middle East in the third century A.D. It all started with a man named Nicholas.
3 Nicholas came from a wealthy family in the town of Patara. His parents raised him to be kind and generous. When he was grown, he used all of his inheritance to help the poor, the sick, and those who were suffering. As a result of his actions and beliefs, he was still a young man when he was made Bishop of Myra.
4 The Roman Emperor Diocletian hated Christians and did everything he could to stop them from practicing their faith. He put so many church leaders in the prisons that there was almost no room for thieves and murderers.
5 Nicholas was imprisoned but was later released after Constantine became emperor of Rome. Then in A.D. 325, Constantine called the first Council of Nicea. This was where many of the church's leaders came together from all over for a big meeting. We know Nicholas was a real person because his name was on several attendance lists for the council. He died on December 6, 343 A.D.
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