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Sinter Klaas

By Philip_H
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,

Tags: North yorkshire Santa claus Church Window Architecture St nicholas Stained glass Ryedale North grimston Church of st nicholas Sinter klaas

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24 Dec 2012 3:21PM
A well taken image.It 's a diff job to get an exact rectangular shape.

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
24 Dec 2012 3:39PM
A very nice photograph with a write up that gives complete info. Well done , Philip!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Dec 2012 4:14PM
A beautiful window, Philip, and an excellent write-up, have a wonderful Christmas. Carol
Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 5:06PM
Lovely image and great history.
Merry Christmas
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Dec 2012 5:24PM
A beautiful window and fascinating info, as ever!!

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Dec 2012 6:45PM
.... and not many people know that. Excellent write up and image of him himself, Philip.

HELANA 8 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 9:55PM
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.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2012 11:14PM
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
nikshot 9 9 1 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2012 8:49AM
Happy Christmas Philip

Tibetan 6 3 England
25 Dec 2012 5:36PM
Happy Christmas Phillip, very interesting as usual, like the glass, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2012 9:22PM
Nice work and description, Phillip.
Well done.
Darryl. Smile
troosers 6 2 Scotland
29 Dec 2012 12:01PM
great picture, with a brilliant history lesson to boot. Thanks.

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