The Saint Behind Santa Claus: 5 Things to Know

Excerpted from The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra, (Baylor University Press) by Adam C. English:

The contemporary picture of Santa Claus is largely the byproduct of commercialization and advertisement tied to the history of Coca-Cola, Hollywood's movie industry, Wal-Mart's sales, shopping mall photo-ops, and the Internet. All though these images are worth having, they do not get us any closer to the historical reality of the man behind the myth--Christian saint Nicholas of Myra. Here are 5 things to know  about the fourth-century bishop who lived a life of faith, adventure and charity.—Adam C. English


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