By Adam C. English
"The background of Nicholas offers a tantalizing riddle. initially, there's nothing―no writings, disciples, or significant acts. Then, interestingly, tale fragments and rumors start to floor like driftwood within the water. A church is in-built his honor at Constantinople and the following factor you recognize, he is a global image of vacation cheer and goodwill, a fully crucial a part of the Christmas culture, and the enjoyment of girls and boys all over ...."
―from the Introduction
With his rosy cheeks and matching crimson suit―and ever-present elf and reindeer companions―Santa Claus could be the such a lot identifiable of fantastical characters. yet what will we particularly recognize of jolly previous Saint Nicholas, "patron saint" of Christmastime? Ask in regards to the human at the back of the swimsuit, and the story we all know so good speedy fades into fantasy and folklore.
In The Saint Who will be Santa Claus, non secular historian Adam English tells the genuine and compelling story of Saint Nicholas, bishop of Myra. round the fourth century in what's now Turkey, a boy of humble situation turned a guy respected for his many virtues. leader between them used to be dealing generously together with his possessions, as soon as lifting a complete family members out of poverty with a single―and secret―gift of gold, so legend tells. but he used to be even more than virtuous. As English finds, Saint Nicholas used to be of indispensable impression in occasions that may considerably effect the heritage and improvement of the Christian church, together with the Council of Nicaea, the destruction of the temple to Artemis in Myra, and a extraordinary rescue of 3 falsely accused army officials. And Nicholas grew to become the consumer saint of youngsters and sailors, retailers and thieves, in addition to France, Russia, Greece, and myriad others.
Weaving jointly the easiest old and archaeological facts on hand with the folklore and legends passed down via generations, English creates a beautiful picture of this a lot commemorated Christian saint. With prose as stress-free because it is informative, he exhibits why the life―and death―of Nicholas of Myra so extensively stimulated the formation of Western heritage and Christian suggestion, and did so in methods many have by no means learned.