This year Nicholas's Name day is on 6th December 2018
Saint Nicholas, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
- Children (especially boys)
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Nicholas has the following symbols associated
- Three golden apples on a book
- Three purses
- Three loaves
- Three golden apples
- An anchor
- A ship
- A Trinity symbol on a cope (ceremonial cloak).
Historically Famous Nicholass
St Nicholas is one of the most popular saints, as can be seen by the number of other saints who share his name, and the many variants of it for both boys and girls. He is, of course, better known as Father Christmas or Santa Claus. In many northern European countries, he fills shoes or stockings on 6 December, rather than on Christmas Eve. We only know for certain that he was the bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, in the fourth century. The popular legend that he saved three sisters from spinsterhood (or worse) by throwing three bags of gold through their windows, thus rendering them rich and marriageable, made the link with an anonymous bringer of presents. Apparently, a picture of this story was' so confusing that it was understood to be Nicholas bringing back to life three children who had been murdered and hidden in a pickle tub, so the bishop developed a reputation for being especially fond of children. He was also credited with the rescue of shipwrecked sailors and three prisoners condemned to death. Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable suggests that the reason 'the Knights of St Nicholas' is another name for thieves is not because Nicholas aids and abets them, but because he once induced some to give back what they had stolen. It is also reassuring to know that 'Old Nick' as a name for the Devil has noth ing to do with the good bishop, but comes from 'Nick' a Scandinavian evil spirit.