I hope you all enjoy celebrating the birth of the Christ child with your own traditions! One such tradition that some steer clear of and others partake in is good ole saint Nick! Mark Driscoll had an interesting historical post on him today that we read with our children tonight.
Nicholas was born in the third century in Patara, a village in what is now Turkey. He was born into an affluent family, but his parents died tragically when he was quite young. His parents had raised him to be a devout Christian, which led him to spend his great inheritance on helping the poor, especially children. He was known to frequently give gifts to children, sometimes even hanging socks filled with treats and gifts.
While much of what we think of when it comes to Saint Nicholas is myth, it was interesting to read his true legacy. The myth part has taken on a whole lure of its own, and John Piper reminds us why the true Christ child is the only hope in contrast with Santa Claus.
Again, Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!