Friday, 22 December 2017

Advent Calendar - Door 22


Father Christmas


St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich kind man whose his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of wealth. There are several legends about St. Nicholas.

The most famous story about St. Nicholas tells how the custom of hanging up stockings to put presents in first started! It goes like this:
There was a poor man who had three daughters. The man was so poor that he did not have enough money for a dowry, so his daughters couldn't get married. (A dowry is a sum of money paid to the bridegroom by the brides parents on the wedding day. This still happens in some countries, even today.) One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house (This meant that the oldest daughter was then able to be married.). The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas.
Read more about St. Nicholas here

To me the definitive Father Christmas is the John Leech drawing, second of three spirits in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.  


Father Winter

Did you know you can track Father Christmas on his long journey around the world?  
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3 comments:

  1. Isn’t it a lovely story. I love the image of Father Christmas with a dark green velvet coat xx

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  2. That is such a lovely story and one I hadn't heard before. Beautiful images too. xxxx

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  3. Oh I love that story. When I see the green costume, I think of Santa Claus, the movie.x

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