Santa Claus vs. St. Nicholas Round-up

Santa Claus vs. St. Nicholas Round-up

real st nicholasHappy Feast of St. Nicholas!

When most people (especially children) think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus. The jolly, bearded man dressed in red is hard to miss this time of year, but it is less commonly known that the origin of Santa Claus is St. Nicholas , a 4th century bishop, known for his courage and generosity. It is from the legends of St. Nicholas that the figure of Santa Claus came about.

Among Christians, there is some debate as to whether telling children about Santa Claus is lying – or even a good idea. Is it a sin? Will it cause your children to lose their faith in God? Does it make you a jerk if you don’t go along with the Santa Claus custom?

Whether you are for it, against it, or just interested in hearing how others view the topic, we’ve got a round-up of different thoughts and opinions on jolly old St. Nick. Check out the links below for more!

And no matter your opinion on Santa Claus, it is still the feast of St. Nicholas – so let us pray that through the intercession of St. Nicholas we may be as courageous, generous and holy as he was! And because Catholics like to celebrate with food, check out this site for some traditional (and yummy!) recipes.