Whether you believe it to be just a nice story, folklore or simply a legend, the story of St. Nicholas is worth repeating. I love how good always wins. Don't you? (Feel free to grab this charming vintage image by clicking to enlarge and then right click and copying!)
St. Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century bishop, was known for his charity and life of good deeds. His parents had died early, and Nicholas was left a fortune which he willingly gave to the poor.
According to the story, a poor father was faced with selling one of his three daughters into slavery (can you imagine?) in order to afford the dowries needed for the others to marry. One night the daughters had washed out their stockings and hung them over the fireplace to dry. Having heard of the family's misfortune, the good saint decided to pay them a visit.
Late that night in the darkness, riding his faithful white horse, he stopped by their house and saw the stockings through the window. He secretly tossed three bags filled with gold coins down the chimney. The bags fell into the stockings that were hanging by the fire. His kindhearted gift made it possible for all three maidens to marry.
Throughout his life, St. Nicholas tried to help others while inspiring them to do the same. Tales of his unselfish giving spread all over Northern Europe. Like many many other traditions in America, this legend was brought by immigrants to our country when they crossed the Atlantic many, many years ago.
I'll be back later today with pics of my home. The decorating thingy this year seems to be taking me FOREVAH to get done!
Blessings for a fabulous day!
Love to you...