06 December 2012
Happy Feast of St Nicholas the Wonderworker!
Little Bear wasn't quite sure what to make of the toy and shiny gold (chocolate) coin in his shoe this morning. As long as I didn't want to put the shoe on his foot, though, he was happy!
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra. Pious legend relates that the good bishop, when he learned that a poor man was going to sell his daughters into slavery because he couldn't afford to feed them and had no money for dowries, secretly dropped three bags of gold down the man's chimney to provide dowries for the girls. He is known for performing many good deeds and numerous miracles, including multiplication of wheat in a time of famine.
His feast day is also jokingly referred to as "punch a heretic day," because during the Council of Nicea, Nicholas lost his temper while arguing with his former student, Arius, who had denied the Godhood of Christ, and struck him in the face.