celebrated as St Nicholass Day. Hes always been
a popular saint, the patron saint of
Perhaps thats why Saint Nicholas has become known to us as Santa Claus. Santa, who brings gifts to good little boys and girls, also called Father Christmas. It wasnt until the late 1500s that gifts were given at Christmas-time rather than December 6th, as the reformers in the church put the emphasis on the Christ-child as the gift-giver on his own feast day, 25th December.
come back from a holiday in
Santa, or Father Christmas as we tend to call him here, is a popular figure. He brings us presents, if weve been good.
But the Christian message is not quite the same. God gave the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus Christ, to an undeserving world. We havent lived up to Gods standards, yet everlasting and joyful life is still on offer to us. Its a gift for the asking.
So, forgetting your age: whether youve been a good little girl or boy, or a naughty one, you can still have your best Christmas present. And you dont have to wait until Christmas Day. But why not be a good girl or boy anyway?
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