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Santa Clause, Father Christmas, Jolley Ole Man and St. Nick; these are some of the common names given to the man that brings gifts to the children around the world as we celebrate the holiday known as Christmas.  While each of these names represents the same man we know today, they have their own origins and legacies.  So who was St Nick.

Many of our traditions adopted for the Christmas season originate at a time before the birth of Christ and some are formulated from pagan rights of Germanic or Roman in nature.  Not so with St. Nicholas or St Nick as we commonly call him.  St. Nick was an actual person and lived in Turkey during the third century after Christ and prior to the adoption of Christianity as Rome’s official religion.  As a youth he made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and Egypt, returned to Turkey, became the bishop…

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