The origin of the St. Nicholas tradition goes back to Bishop Nicholas of Myra in Lycia (Turkey). Little solid historical information is known about Nicholas except that he was Bishop of Myra and died around A.D. 350.

The origin of the St. Nicholas tradition goes back to Bishop Nicholas of Myra in Lycia (Turkey). Little solid historical information is known about Nicholas except that he was Bishop of Myra and died around A.D. 350.

What Santa is based on St Nicholas?! You don't say. Catholic children receive gifts from the magi, not wise men. There is a difference.

The origin and evolution of Santa Claus [Infographic]

What Santa is based on St Nicholas?! You don't say. Catholic children receive gifts from the magi, not wise men. There is a difference.

this website has a great selection of ideas to select from in celebrating St Nicholas Day

this website has a great selection of ideas to select from in celebrating St Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas “Lipensky” as he appears on a Russian icon dated to 1294 from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod | A Pictorial History of Santa Claus | The Public Domain Review

St. Nicholas “Lipensky” as he appears on a Russian icon dated to 1294 from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod | A Pictorial History of Santa Claus | The Public Domain Review

Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball

10 Most Extraordinary Parties in History Slideshow

Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa dressed as Alexis I and Maria Miloslavskaya, for the Winter Palace's last Imperial ball

Gatchina - the city (from 1796) in #Russia. Gatchina - industrial, scientific and cultural center of the Leningrad region. The city has a unique architecture of 17-18 centuries. The most important architectural sites: Big Gatchina Palace (architect Antonio Rinaldi), Parks Palace, "Menagerie" and "Sylvia", Priory Palace, the building of cloth factory, St. Basil's Cathedral, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Nicholas. Museums: The State Historical-Artistic Palace…

Gatchina - the city (from 1796) in #Russia. Gatchina - industrial, scientific and cultural center of the Leningrad region. The city has a unique architecture of 17-18 centuries. The most important architectural sites: Big Gatchina Palace (architect Antonio Rinaldi), Parks Palace, "Menagerie" and "Sylvia", Priory Palace, the building of cloth factory, St. Basil's Cathedral, St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Nicholas. Museums: The State Historical-Artistic Palace…

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