Feast of Saint Nicholas - December 6
Saint Nicholas was a historic 4th century saint and Greek Bishop of Mayra in Lycia.
He is also known as Nicolas the Wonderworker.
Saint Nicholas was born on March 15, 270 AD, Palara, Turkey.
Saint Nicholas died on December 6, 343 AD, Myra, Turkey.
Saint Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.
The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day, December 6th.
Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity.
In the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles.
Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint's horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts.
Simple gift-giving in early Advent helps preserve a Christmas Day focus on the Christ Child.
He became known as the protector of children and sailors and was associated with gift-giving.