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Today is the Feast of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was an orthodox confessor of the doctrine of the Most Blessed Trinity and was an adversary of the Arian heretics. On one occasion rumored to have occurred at the very Council of Nicea itself, it is said that Saint Nicholas was so overcome by the blasphemy being promoted by the Heresiarch Arius that he slapped the heretic in the face!
Today, St. Nicholas is most famously known as “Santa Claus,” with “Santa” being a derivative of “Saint” and “Claus” being a shortened form of “Nicholas.” Santa’s red hat and suit are derived from the red mitre and chasuble that St. Nicholas was often depicted as wearing in European folklore. It is said that the real St. Nicholas left treasures in the stockings of poor maidens who couldn’t afford a dowry for marriage; this is a possible origin of the mythos surrounding the hanging of stockings and giving of gifts on his feast day. After the Reformation, gifts started being given on Christmas on behalf of the “Christchild,” since Protestants wanted the focus to be on Christ rather than the on the Saint. However, when many of these legends and traditions came to America, the Christmas gift-giving date stuck with Saint Nicholas as the gift-giver (thus defeating the purpose, if not making things worse).
Regardless, Saint Nicholas’ Trinitarian Orthodoxy is well worth remembering, and his stern opposition to heresy is something to be emulated. If nothing else, it gives a whole new meaning to “he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness’ sake!”
(from Confessional Lutheran Memes) Just a fun bit of knowledge about St. Nick.
"A prayer for St. Nicholas Day:
Almighty God, You bestowed upon Your servant Nicholas of Myra the perpetual gift of charity. Grant Your Church the grace to deal in generosity and love with children and with all who are poor and distressed and to plead the cause of those who have no helper, especially those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief. We ask this for the sake of Him who gave His life for us, Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.”
A more serious take and prayer on today, from Concordia Publishing House
Gotta get a move on before the sun
I hear my baby callin my name and I know that she’s the only one and if I die in Raleigh least I know I died free
it really grinds my gears when people say Hootie’s version of Wagon Wheel is better than Old Crow Medicine Show’s version like no you hush up right now