Saint Nicholas Was Here…

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…and he brought this pretty seasonal bouquet!

Today is Saint Nicholas Day, according to the Gregorian calendar.  Some orthodox parishes celebrate Saint Nicholas Day on December 6th according to the Julian calendar, which is equivalent to December 19th of the Gregorian calendar.

The person honoured on this day is Saint Nicholaos of Myra, who was a bishop in the town today known as Demre in Turkey. The date of his death is known as December 6th some time in the 4th century, the exact year being unclear.

Legend has it that Saint Nicholas rendered many miracles and gifted his wealth to the poor and other people in need.  Amongst many others he is the Patron Saint of the sailors and children.

The latter probably is the reason why in the morning of each December 6th children in Germany find sweets and little gifts in their shoes brought by Saint Nicholas.  That is, if the shoes have been polished properly.

It seems that Santa Claus (a nickname for Saint Nicholaos) originally brought all the Christmas gifts on this date and I read that in some countries it still is the case.  With the protestant reformation the veneration of Saint Nicholaos was abolished.  Therefore, the custom of bringing gifts was mainly moved to the 24th and 25th of December at many places.  In some places it even is the Christ-Child who now is bringing the Christmas presents.

Being the Patron Saint of the sailors the Hanseatic League chose him as their own, as well.  This must be the reason why a lot of St. Nikolai churches can be found in North Germany.

Personally, I am not a Christian but I like the idea that a benevolent spirit is protecting the poor, the outcast, children, the elderly, lovers, those giving birth, travellers, students as well as sailors.

Being a sailor’s daughter and living in an old hanseatic city, I guess I cannot quite escape the magic of this day.

With this in mind:

Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

Are you ready to shine a bright light of awareness on the path of beingness, today?

Much love,
Steffi

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