Saint Nicholas was a Bishop who lived during the fourth century A.D. in the city of Myra, located in what is now present-day Turkey. Santa Claus is a fictional character that is based largely on the stories of Saint Nich... More »

Born around 280 in Patara, Lycia, part of present-day Turkey, St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop of Myra who served the poor and needy. He served as the prototype for the modern-day Santa Claus. More »

While the jolly old man traditionally seen at Christmas does not actually exist, his legend is traced back to a 3rd Century monk named St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in what is now known as Turkey. More »

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St. Nicholas is a fourth century Christian and Greek bishop of Myra, which is now part of modern Turkey. He had a reputation for secretly putting coins in the shoes of the poor who left them out in hopes of gifts and, th... More »

The holiday character of Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, a Christian saint who was born in Turkey in 280 A.D. and believed to have died in 343 A.D. Dutch immigrants introduced his legacy to the United States in the... More »

The historical Saint Nicholas, also known as Nikolaos of Myra and Nikolaos the Wonderworker, lived in what is now southern Turkey from 270 to 343 CE. He was the bishop of Myra and, according to legend, a frequent miracle... More »

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Born around 280 in Patara, Lycia, part of present-day Turkey, St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop of Myra who served the poor and needy. He served as the prototype for the modern-day Santa Claus. More »