Happy St. Nicholas Day everyone!

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Happy St. Nicholas Day everyone!

Today, December 6th, is the Feast of St. Nicholas (except in the Netherlands, where it is celebrated on December 5th). St. Nicholas was a real person, the Bishop of Amsterdam. It was St. Nicholas who inspired the idea of Santa Claus.

Myths about Santa abound, and many of them are based in reality. One of the more bizarre myths is how Santa comes down everyone's chimney (everyone has a chimney...?) on Christmas Eve and drops off presents. One day, the real St. Nicholas wanted to give some coins as a present to a couple that had fallen on hard times. He put the coins into a pouch, and either dropped them or tossed them down the couple's chimney, from where the couple retrieved the coins. This is how this myth got started.
 
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