Today December 6th, Christianity celebrates the Ascension of St. Nicholas! I want to wish a happy Name Day to half of Greece that celebrates today incl. my beloved husband. Happy Name Day: Nicholaos, Nicholas, Nikos, Niki, Nicoleta, Niki, Niko, Niko, Niko and Niko 😅!! God bless you all 😍! Χρόνια πολλά σε όλους που γιορτάζουν σήμερα μαζί με τον αγαπημένο μου σύζυγο: Νικόλας, Νικόλαος, Νίκος, Νικολάκης, Νίκη, Νικολέτα, Νίκος, Νίκος, Νίκος, Νίκος και Νίκος 😅. Να σας χαιρόμαστε ❤
The story of Santa Claus i.e. Saint Nicholas and Saint Basil 🎄🥂🎅💖🎁: Who brings gifts to Greek kids and when?
St. Nicholas is a popular Christian Saint across Europe because of his reputation as a bringer of gifts. Nicholas of Myra developed a reputation for gift-giving by putting coins in other people's shoes, which accounts for many of today's Christmas traditions that involve leaving gifts in shoes or boots.
Both North American Santa Claus and the British Father Christmas are legendary figures whose attributes derive from the myths surrounding St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas is referred to by many names throughout Europe such as Sinterklaas in the Netherlands or Nikolaus in Germany.
In Greece, he is a beloved Saint and he is considered the Patron Saint of Sailors and the Sea. He is celebrated on his Ascension day-December 6th!
However, he is NOT the Saint who brings gifts to the Greek children during the holiday season 😮. Instead, in Greece we celebrate St. Basil (Agios Vassilios) whose ascension Day is on January 1st. That is the reason why St. Basil brings gifts to the kids after the change of year, very early in the morning on New Year's Day. The 2 Saints had some likenesses during their lifetime. They were both born in Asia Minor (although St. Nicholas preceded St. Basil), they were both Bishops and renowned during their time. But mostly they were well known for their love and generosity towards the poor, sick and children. That's why until today, it is believed that they are both still alive, performing miracles and travelling around the world to bring gifts to all the kids 🎄🎅🎁💖👨👩👦👦!