Sunday, December 6, 2009
Day 322 - St Nicholas' Day - 6th December
Today my husband Nick celebrates his Name Day, St Nicholas's Day - Άγιος Νικόλαος. In Orthodox Christianity, your Saints Day is made more of a fuss of than your birthday. Photos show our Nick talking to his relations in Greece this morning - he was away in the northern hemisphere deep in conversation with his Athenian rellies - didn't even notice me take these pics! We spoke on Skype to his cousin later in the day.
Here is a bit of background on the original St Nick -(270-6 December 346) The historical St Nicholas was a very kind bishop from what is now the western coast of Turkey who anonymously left out money gifts for the poor. This tradition was continued after his death and the modern idea of Santa Claus was modelled on this gentleman.(Lucky Nick's dressing gown isn't red)