Santa: Freeing Slaves Since The 4th Century
It’s Christmas time, which means the big fat man in a red suit is everywhere. I’ve been reading up on Santa lately, and we have such a wonderful tradition which has been built off one of the Church’s saints. All Christmas war type stuff aside, it is so cool to go and read about the historical santa, Saint Nicholas, from whom our jolly fat man in the north pole gets his origin story. Here is one story of his life I found especially interesting.
Saint Nick was known for giving money and gifts from his inheritance to the poor, which is where the tradition of Santa giving gifts was birthed in the first place. On one occasion, there was a poor family in a town who could not afford dowry for their three daughters. Being poor, surviving as it is was difficult, and providing for many mouths was harder. Providing a *dowry* so the girls could marry out of poverty and into a better life was *impossible.* The girls were destined to be sold into slavery as they grew, rather than living a normal life.
Nicholas caught word of the tragedy, and wanted to aid the poor family. He tossed one bag, enough of a sum for a good dowry into an open window and it landed in a stocking (sound familiar?). Upon finding it, the overjoyed family married their first daughter. Soon after, two more bags were dropped and the other two daughters married! Nicholas was seen dropping the last bag, by the father, and asked not to be identified (which clearly didn’t happen, good going on dad). It’s a crazy story, right? Historic Santa was a cheerful giver, a devout disciple, and a doer of justice. [source]
In other words, Santa was in the fight against human trafficking. How cool is that?
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season, and enjoy time home with your family. Remember where Santa actually came from, and read up on him! Give thanks, enjoy yourself, and welcome our King’s birth as we celebrate it again this year. Merry Christmas.
Alternatively, if you wanna get your St. Nick on, I’m going to Thailand and Cambodia this spring to join in the fight against sex trafficking, and I’d love for you to support me! Prayer, Encouragement, and Donations are all equally helpful in my journey to these countries. Check out my support page, and keep in touch as I post about this issue!
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