Santa Nicolae is waiting with the soul at the mouth of children, and the joys he makes are magical. Although we now enjoy the legend, the good Santa was as real as possible, embodied by Saint Nicholas, the craftsman of many wonders in his time.
It is said that Santa Nicolae, on the night of December 5th to 6th, comes to the windows, sees the children sleeping and if they are happy, leaves them sweets and other gifts in the boxes. But he is also the one who punishes the slothful and disobedient with a sloth.
Santa Nicolae is never shown, and the story of the gifts sneaking up on the children this night started a long time ago. He is a real figure in Christian hagiography, celebrated in the Byzantine calendar, but also in the Latin, Lutheran or Anglican calendar, on December 6th. In the Orthodox calendar on this date is celebrated Saint Jerome Nicolae, the miracle worker.
The tradition of Santa Nicola can never be forgotten by anyone, because it fills the souls of magic. Officially, with the feast of Saint Nicholas, the start of the winter holidays, so beloved and expected by children, begins.
Saint Nicholas's Eve is a magical and blessed evening, full of emotion and joy. Responsible children carefully polish their boots, hoping that Santa will fill their eyes.
The Christians of ancient times have kept the memory of his wonders: the return to life of three murdered children, of a fallen ship from the mast, the cure of incurable diseases, the stopping by prayer and fasting of the storm from the sea and many others. Nicolae used to help poor people without their knowledge, and if it was discovered by anyone, he would ask him not to tell anyone, but rather to thank God.
Today, his relics are in the church in Bari, although the parts of them have arrived in several churches in the Christian world. A small part of this is in the Aninoasa Monastery in Argeş County and, from the 19th century, the right hand of Saint Nicholas is kept in the Church of St. George Nou in Bucharest.
No less than 21 miracles are attributed to St. Nicholas
One of the best known is the legend of the three sisters, the daughters of a poor nobleman, who could not marry. It is said that when the eldest girl arrived at the time of the husband, Nicolae, who had already arrived at the tarp, left a bag of gold at the door of the noble's house at night and the story was repeated and when the time of the bride came for the second girl . When the time of the bridegroom came for the third, the nobleman stood guard to find out who the benefactor of the girls was. It is said that Nicolae climbed up on the roof and let the bag of gold go through the stove of the house straight into a sock hanging to dry on the fireplace.
The father of the girls saw Nicolae and could not keep the secret, and since then anyone who received an unexpected gift thanked Nicolae.
The three gold bags given to the girls became the symbol of Saint Nicholas in the form of three golden balls and the habit of hanging fireplace socks appeared to be filled with gifts.
Another legend says that after his journey to the Holy Land on the footsteps of Jesus, Nicholas returned home to Lichia by the sea. During the voyage, a terrible storm sank the ship and many sailors drowned. Only Nicolae escaped from all. He prayed to God, his prayer was listened to, and all the drowned rose and since then St. Nicholas became the patron of sailors and travelers on the water. All sailors come to land on the job from 5 to 6 December, the tradition in the Netherlands being respected for hundreds of years.