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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Saint Nicholas - December 6

Saint Nicholas - Lipensky 1294 Russian Icon photo Nicholas-LipenskyRussianicon_zps1b84b3c9.jpg
Saint Nicholas
December 6

The story that most links Saint Nicholas with Santa Claus is of a once wealthy man that had fallen on hard times and was not able to offer a dowry for his three daughters. At the time, a dowry was needed to attract a suitable marriage partner, without one the man’s daughters would remain unmarried with no money to care for themselves. Hearing that this man had no choice but to sell his daughters into a life of servitude to ensure their survival, Saint Nicholas went at night and dropped gold coins down their chimney or possibly through their window as is depicted in art. All three daughters were subsequently married with a suitable dowry. The man discovered the identity of this “gift-giver” after waiting up late one night catching Saint Nicholas as he dropped the third bag of gold for the man's youngest daughter.
Saint Nicholas and the Dowries of Three Virgins - Gentile de Fabriano photo Nicholas-Gentile_da_Fabriano_063-Dowriesthreevirgins_zpsf2b281f3.jpg
Other posts I have written on Saint Nicholas

The Life of Saint Nicholas
For gift items related to the Catholic Church
and statues of Saint Nicholas
please visit Lynn's Timeless Treasures
Saint Nicholas - Lipensky Icon Russian 1294
Saint Nicholas Dowries of Three Virgins - Gentile de Fabriano

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