Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause


Yes we all should enjoy gift giving on the day set aside as Christmas.

No I have not changed my mind about either of the two birthdays.

The thing is that we do not know for sure the correct day, week month or yeas of either’s birth.


Let us start at a beginning before I lose my readers?

Santa was born to a rich family in Patara, Lycia and became the bishop of Myra, a city that is now called Demre.

Why is this important to my story?

Santa was born sometime circa 280 in Patara, Lycia, an area that is part of present-day Turkey.

He lost both of his parents as a young man and reportedly used his inheritance to help the poor and sick.

His mother and father were both rich Christians, when they die he was adopted by a rich uncle and inherited that money also.

Let’s stop and go back still further in the history of Myra for a few minutes?

In their travels St Luke and the apostle Paul both spent a lot of time in and around the sea port of Myra converting and building churches.

The book of Acts

Apostle Paul

Santa (Nicholas) being born to a rich Christian family and brought up by a strong Christian uncle prayed to their God to help him to become a giving, caring person.

Santa Claus

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra.

Saint Nicholas

It wasn’t until A.D. 440 that the church officially proclaimed December 25 as the birth of Christ. This was not based on any religious evidence but on a pagan feast. Saturnalia was a tradition inherited by the Roman pagans from an earlier Babylonian priesthood. December 25 was used as a celebration of the birthday of the sun god. It was observed near the winter solstice.

The apostles in the Bible predicted that some Christians would adopt pagan beliefs to enable them to make their religion more palatable to the pagans around them. Therefore, some scholars think the church chose the date of this pagan celebration to interest them in Christianity. The pagans were already used to celebrating on this date. – See more at:

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