St. Nicholas is, of course, more than the shoe-filling, list checking, red-suited wrestler of reindeer that society has turned him into. He was the bishop of Myra (in present day Turkey) in the 3rd/4th Century. Much of what we know about him comes from The Golden Legend, written in A.D. 1275 by Jacobus de Voragine, Archbishop of Genoa, and is reinforced by the simple traditions for children. For example, my golden wrapped chocolate coins? They were meant to remind us of the story of St. Nicholas providing a neighbor with gold for dowries for his three daughters, thus saving the poor young women from lives of ill repute.
Tomorrow, we should remember St. Nicholas, reflecting on his life of charity and his love for Christ. We should not forget that behind the a jolly man in a red-suit is a real man, a real saint who is worthy of our veneration. Take some time today to read more about St. Nicholas, patron saint of children, seaman, brides, and many others.
Father, hear our prayers for mercy, and by the help of St. Nicholas, keep us safe from all danger and guides us on the way of salvation. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.