A few points:
Originally Posted by Bonnie
How Santa Claus came to be:
- The article kind of glosses over it but essentially Christmas was not celebrated in early America. The Puritans didn't celebrate it. It did not become widely celebrated until deep into the 1800s. Dicken's A Christmas Carol was one of the major factors in bringing about the contemporary celebration of Christmas.
- The "servitude" the article is referring to is a euphemism for prostitution.
- My favorite legend of St. Nicholas is that he slapped the heretic, Arius, across the face at the Council of Nicaea for denying the divinity of Christ.
- Martin Luther introduced Das Christkind as a substitute for St. Nicholas. The Christ Child was the one who brought the gifts.
"Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man! We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out."
--Hugh Latimer, October 16, 1555