St. Davidís Episcopal Church on Dec. 16 will welcome a visit from St. Nicholas of Myra, the prototype for our Santa Claus.
St. Nicholas will speak about his life in the fourth century as a priest and bishop, and the legends that have grown around him. He will also distribute gifts to children.
Dec. 6 is the traditional Feast Day of St. Nicholas of Myra. Born in the third century in what is now Turkey, Nicholas lost his parents at an early age. Following the word of Jesus, he sold his inheritance to give to people in need.
One story of his generosity tells of a poor man with three daughters. Without dowries, they had no prospects for marriage and were doomed to a life on the streets. Nicholas took pity on them and for three successive nights, he threw a bag of gold through their open window.
In some countries, this story described him as throwing the bags down their chimney. In the Netherlands, St. Nicholas became Sint Nikolaas, and then Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas, known as a protector of children, sailors and the poor, traditionally left sweets and other gifts in shoes and stockings left by the fire on Dec. 5.
Our own Santa Claus has derived from this custom.
St. Nicholas will be at St. Davidís at 10 a.m. Dec. 16. All children and their families are invited to come and meet him. Following the worship service, there will be a potluck meal and decorating activities.
St. Davidís is located at 421 S. Lake Powell Blvd. For more information, please call 645-4965.
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