Login or Join Now

Upload your photos, chat, win prizes and much more

Username:
Password:
Remember Me

Can't Access your Account?

New to ePHOTOzine? Join ePHOTOzine for free!

Sinter Klaas

Join Now

Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!

55% OFF new PortraitPro 12 - use code EPHZROS414.
Add Comment

St. Nicholas was born c.280 in Patara, Lycia, an area that is part of present-day Turkey. He lost both of his parents as a young man and reportedly used his inheritance to help the poor and sick. He later served as bishop of Myra, a city that is now called Demre.

Several sources state St. Nicholas is believed to have died on 6th December, 343. Over the years, stories of his miracles and work for the poor spread to other parts of the world. He became known as the protector of children and sailors and was associated with gift-giving. He was a popular saint in Europe until the time of the Reformation in the 1500s, a religious movement that led to the creation of Protestantism, which turned away from the practice of honouring saints. St. Nicholas, however, remained an important figure in Holland.

The Dutch continued to celebrate the feast day of St. Nicholas, 6th December. It was a common practice for children to put out their shoes the night before. In the morning, they would discover the gifts that St. Nicholas had left there for them. Dutch immigrants brought St. Nicholas, known to them as Sint Nikolaas or by his nickname Sinter Klaas, and his gift-giving ways to America in the 1700s.

In America, St. Nicholas went through many transformations and eventually Sinter Klaas became Santa Claus. Instead of giving gifts on 6th December, he became a part of the Christmas holiday. In the 1820 poem "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore, he is described as a jolly, heavy man who comes down the chimney to leave presents for deserving children and drives a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. The cartoonist Thomas Nast added to the St. Nicholas legend with an 1881 drawing of Santa as wearing a red suit with white fur trim. Once a kind, charitable bishop, St. Nicholas has become the Santa Claus we know today.

Merry Christmas,
Philip

Brand:Panasonic
Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:30 Sep 2011 - 11:36 AM
Focal Length:6.8mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Sinter Klaas
Username:Philip_H Philip_H
Uploaded:24 Dec 2012 - 3:14 PM
Tags:Architecture, Church, Church of st nicholas, North grimston, North yorkshire, Ryedale, Santa claus, Sinter klaas, St nicholas, Stained glass, Window
Votes:20

Comments

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 3:21 PM

A well taken image.It 's a diff job to get an exact rectangular shape.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 3:39 PM

A very nice photograph with a write up that gives complete info. Well done , Philip!

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 4:14 PM

A beautiful window, Philip, and an excellent write-up, have a wonderful Christmas. Carol

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Mrsbass
Mrsbass  1 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 5:06 PM

Lovely image and great history.
Merry Christmas

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 5:24 PM

A beautiful window and fascinating info, as ever!!

Ann

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 4966 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England129 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 6:45 PM

.... and not many people know that. Excellent write up and image of him himself, Philip.

Dave

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

HELANA
HELANA e2 Member 4HELANA vcard United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 - 9:55 PM

Well information about St Nicholas Alan. In Spain children leave the shoes outside a window on the night fefore the 6th of January. The story is that the Three Wise Men who brought the present to Baby Jesus came round during the night to bring presents to children, The only way they know is there are any children in the house is because of the outside shoes.Nice shot.
Elena

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32321 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2012 - 11:14 PM

Life is certainly an education Phillip. A very interesting pre-narrative with a great supporting image.

I hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Furthermore thank you for your continued support and most welcomed comments and messages throughout 2012.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

nikshot
nikshot e2 Member 4nikshot vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
25 Dec 2012 - 8:49 AM

Happy Christmas Philip

Nick

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
25 Dec 2012 - 5:36 PM

Happy Christmas Phillip, very interesting as usual, like the glass, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

carper123
carper123 e2 Member 277 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Dec 2012 - 9:22 PM

Nice work and description, Phillip.
Well done.
Darryl. Smile

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

troosers
troosers  1 Scotland
29 Dec 2012 - 12:01 PM

great picture, with a brilliant history lesson to boot. Thanks.

Nominating Constructive Critique

Please ensure that you understand what is meant by Constructive Critique - see FAQ here. If you still wish to nominate this comment click Yes

- Original Poster Comments
- Your Posts

Add a Comment

You must be a member to leave a comment

Username:
Password:
Remember me:
Un-tick this box if you want to login each time you visit.