How many of these 10 little-known facts about St. Nicholas do YOU know?
FREE Catholic Classes
In honor of St. Nicholas' feast day, December 6, take a moment to see how well you really know the beloved saint.
St. Nicholas was known for more than just giving gifts to kids.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Every boy and girl knows Jolly Old Saint Nick, after all, he is the snowy-bearded, rosy-cheeked gift-giver children traditionally expect to visit them each year - but how many of us know him as more than that?
Most know St. Nicholas was a friendly man who brought joy to the children in his hometown with gifts - but there is so much more to the Saint than the secular world gives him credit for.
Check out these ten little-known facts to see how well you know Saint Nicholas:
St. Nicholas' name is of Greek origin
Did you know Nicholas is the Greek name for "People's victory?"
Much like Christ, St. Nicholas lived his life helping and loving others - Certainly a victory for the people!
St. Nicholas' bones weep Manna
Since his death 17 centuries ago, a pure liquid known as the Manna of St. Nicholas, or St. Nicholas Manna, has flowed from his bones.
Every May 9th, during the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas, a Dominican priest collects the manna in a glass vial to be used to bless the Christian faithful.
St. Nicholas learned to give and serve from his generous parents
St. Nicholas' parents both served the ill, which resulted in their deaths. St. Nicholas was their only child and inherited everything, leading him to become a sort of philanthropist who often gave anonymous gifts throughout his home in Patara, Turkey.
The idea of modern-day Santa Claus was born of nuns taking note from St. Nicholas
Inspired by St. Nicholas' great heart, French nuns in the Middle Ages continued his tradition of giving anonymous gifts at night to needy families and children.
The next morning, families would discover small pouches of coins, food, or treats.
When asking who gave the gifts, the nuns would simply say, "It must have been St. Nicholas."
This anonymous gift-giving eventually became tradition, which is part of what led to modern-day Christmas celebrations.
Chocolate coins are a symbol originating with Saint Nicholas
In honor of St. Nicholas' gifts of coins, North America continues to provide chocolate coins in gold foil wrappers, usually placed in Christmas stockings for children to discover the following morning.
Saint Nicholas is more than just a jolly man who brings gifts to children (YouTube).
Candy canes also have origins in honor of St. Nicholas
Candy canes are actually croziers, the bishop's staff, of St. Nicholas, or as the Dutch call him, "Sinterklaas."
The Dutch are responsible for the change from St. Nicholas to Santa Claus
When the Dutch brought traditions of "Sinterklaas" to North America in 1621, when they founded New Amsterdam.
English settlers later made the name sound more like what we're used to hearing today - Santa Claus.
St. Nicholas was imprisoned for SEVEN YEARS
St. Nicholas was tortured and imprisoned for his faith until the first Christian emporor gave religious liberty to Christians everywhere.
St. Nicholas is sometimes called the "boy bishop"
St. Nicholas was made a Bishop of Myra at only 30-years-old, prompting many to dub him the "boy bishop."
St. Nicholas was not always offering anonymous gifts
There are records of St. Nicholas intervening on behalf of three men who were falsely condemned to death.
When they were to be killed, St. Nicholas risked his life by grabbing the sword from the executioner's hands. He threw it upon the ground and demanded the men be set free.
He had such authority that the executioner left his sword where it fell and later, the man really responsible for the crime the three men would have died for, sought forgiveness from St. Nicholas and confessed his sin.
St. Nicholas forgave the man and absolved his sin - after he underwent a period of repentance.
Thank you for reading our list. We hope you enjoyed reading these little-known facts about St. Nicholas.
Check out our other lists on:
Top 2016 songs,
12 Advent prayers,
How to spread the love,
How you're sabotaging your marriage and how to change,
How to stay at peace during Election Day,
Horror stories in the Bible,
Important scriptures for your spouse,
Scriptures for ultimate marriage blessings,
How kids remind us to love ,
Goals all Catholics should have,
Catholicism in Hollywood,
Healthy snacks for summer,
Amazing Biblical fathers,
Angel facts straight from the Bible,
Mothers from the Bible,
Bible Verses for Mom,
Things Catholics should NEVER do in their marriage,
Hilarious dog memes,
Inspirational Bible verses when life is falling apart,
Thought-provoking Easter quotes,
How to combat the 7 deadly sins,
3 beautiful Holy Islands you MUST visit soon,
How people celebrate St. Patrick's Day around the world!,
10 important things to consider during Lent,
The top 10 places Christians are persecuted,
Classic movies every Catholic teen should watch,
5 New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to,
Christmas Trees Around the World,
lifting your spirits,
dealing with anger,
how to give,
10 very interesting facts about the Catholic Church you probably didn't know.
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary. That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.
More Advent & Christmas
FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything
The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading
To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading
The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading
More Advent & Christmas News
Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 1968) the crew of Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit and began circling the moon - the first time in ... continue reading
With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway. Denver, Colo. (CNA) - ... continue reading
The artwork featured on the Vatican's postage stamps for Christmas 2018 were painted by a man serving a life-sentence in a Milanese ... continue reading
Catholic Online Shopping has announced 40 Days of Deals. Catholic gifts will be discounted, allowing shoppers to get bargains on some of ... continue reading
The Nativity Scene Watch
The Nativity Scene is a meaningful expression for our religious faith. With it, we provide a captivating visual focus during the Christmas ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, May 20, 2019
- Pro-life activists call for acquittal of doctor who refused to ...
- 'Stand firm for life against the evil opposing it' Kentucky governor ...
- Daily Reading for Monday, May 20th, 2019 HD Video
- Pope Francis tells medical professionals to defend life
- St. Bernardine of Siena: Saint of the Day for Monday, May 20, 2019
- Prayer Requests Live for Friday, May 17th, 2019 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, May 19th, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Thursday, May 16th, 2019 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, May 18th, 2019 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org
Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel
Learn the Catholic way
Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all
K-12 & Adult Education Classes
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.