Since it's a Sunday #1

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Since this is the Christmas season I feel that I should do a post remembering what this is all about.

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I think everyone knows the Christmas story, I mean Christmas literally is Christ-mass. So for Christians it is is about remembering the birth of our saviour. However, there are millions of people across the globe who celebrate Christmas, that follow the traditions but not the religion.

I think everyone knows the story of Jesus' birth but do people know about Saint Nicholas?
Saint Nicholas was a historic 4th century Christian and Greek Bishop of Myra. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbroker and students in various cities and countries around Europe.

Nicholas became famous for generously giving gifts to poor children, he is most famous for giving dowries to three impoverished girls so they would not have to become prostitutes. He was a devout Christian and devoted his life to the faith. 
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During the middle ages people started to give gifts on the 6th December in honour of him to children. Later on during the reformation the date moved to the 24th/ 25th December where it has stayed for the rest of time.

However, it was Martin Luther who changed the name. He thought that the gift-giving celebration should be attached to Christ himself rather than just a saint. Hence why it became Christmas - a celebration of Christianity not just the saint. 


Have a wonderful, wintery week, 

The Clumsy Wordshaker


photo courtesy of: catholicculture.org, aaronshep.com

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