Submitted by Joe Link on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 5:38pm
Ironically the symbols now used to commercialize Christmas have their origins in Christianity.
St. Nicholas, a.k.a. “Santa Claus,” was a 3rd century Bishop of Myra in present day Turkey. Saint Nicholas came from a very wealthy family. He used his entire inheritance to help the sick, the poor, and most of all children in need, which is why we associate St. Nick with giving presents to children.
St. Nick became popular here in the U.S. in 1823 with the publishing of,‘Twas the Night before Christmas. The beloved tale was written by Clement Clarke Moore, a New Testament professor at our own national Episcopal seminary, General Theological Seminary, in NYC. He was the son of the Rt. Rev. Benjamin Moore, the second Episcopal Bishop of New York.