Thursday, December 06, 2007

St. Nicholas Day

For many Christians around the world, today, December 6, is the Feast of St. Nicholas.

For the story of how this Bishop of Myra (in what is modern-day Turkey) who lived sometime in the 300s A.D. ...

... became this much loved and venerated saint in northern Europe ....

... and later transformed into our jolly old elf here in America ...

... go here and here.

Image Credits:

The medieval fresco depicting St Nicholas is from the Boyana Church, near Sofia, Bulgaria. The church is a UNESCO Heritage Site.

The oak sculpture above is called "Saint Nicholas with the Three Boys in the Pickling Tub." According to Wikipedia, it's South Netherlandish, c. 1500 and housed at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Gift to the museum by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1916.

The Coca-Cola advertisement was done in 1931 by Haddon Sundblom.

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