New Research May Prove Santa Was Inspiration For Fabled Third-Century Saint

December 6, 2017 by  
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After close to a decade of research, historians from the University of America announced Wednesday that the fabled third-century saint, known to many as St. Nicholas, was actually a “sort of devolution” on the present day character of Santa Clause.

“What we believe is that the Santa Clause we all know and believe in today actually inspired legends that would be told during Advent about a saint who supposedly lived around 1,700 years ago,” University of America historian Carmen Banks told the press early this morning. “This was an unusual case, obviously, since most fables evolve over years or decades—even centuries after an event, whereas this one actually began with people looking into what decedents far in the future would think of a tough, orthodox saint they invented.”

“One of the most fascinating things I personally learned was that Nicholas, as they would come to call him, was first written to be an average, run-of-the-mill saint,” research head Douglas Fitzgerald said. “But the songs and stories never really caught on, so that’s when the idea first came up about rewriting the character as someone who was not only holy and extremely zealous, but who was also a bit rowdy and who assaulted people who had heretical opinions. But what ended up happening was that they began to fear what people would say of him in a terrifying dystopia where nearly everyone was sensitive and butt-hurt about everything.”

That’s when, Fitzgerald continued, they began to concoct a “softer side” of the fabled St. Nicholas.

“That’s when they began to Photoshop, for the lack of a better word, their legend. Story tellers were given free rein to add things about the character of St. Nicholas as centuries past, such as the constant smile and jolly laugh and so on, but with one exception—that everything about the original written character, his holiness, his staunch orthodoxy and so on would be omitted, leaving only a caricature of man that everyone, whether Christian or heretic, would love.”

  • FatherWagner

    I hear there’s a similar relationship to St Thomas Aquinas and the Easter Bunny.

    • Then I’m sure you know of the one between Augustine and the tooth fairy.

      • FatherWagner

        Oooh! Now “The City of God” makes a lot more sense…

      • HermitTalker

        Ditto Get a life Adam H

        • Here we are, enjoying some good-natured conversation, and you just have to but in with nonsense.

          • HermitTalker

            Great, carry on Adam. Do not bite that Apple.

        • With all due respect sir, you are a complete jerk

          • HermitTalker

            Sorry not complete yet. Working on it though, thank you and the Reverend Teutonic composer. Loved him in an earlier life as an SS Kommantant as we barbecued Jews with POTUS
            Trumpen’s grandpa in Belzen.

    • HermitTalker

      You are an unimaginative cleric Father W. Rx Get a life.

      • FatherWagner

        If I am so unimaginative, how come I am constantly seeing all these elves and leprechauns everywhere? Explain that one!

        • FatherWagner

          Also, I definitely have a rich and full life. My collection of Ninja Turtle Action figures keeps me really busy. (They protect me from the elves and leprechauns)

          • HermitTalker

            Delighted you live in your private Cuckoo world.

          • FatherWagner

            Yea! It’s super fun!

        • Don’t worry about it Father, he just seems like he’s having a bad day, unfortunately I can’t keep my mouth shut so there’s that. I fully believe you are imaginative, I’m surprised you didn’t write the article, or did you?

          • FatherWagner

            Oh I know, Adam… It’s fun to troll the trolls! Lol

            I didn’t write the article however… I’m a pretty witty guy… The the Eye Of the Tiber dude is leagues above me. I’m not really a satire kinda guy like Eye of The Tiber… More goofy one liner humor and funny stories.

            Of course, the leprechauns provide most of the inspiration for my humor. The elves, not so much.

          • HermitTalker

            Leprechauns are whimsical wee folk from Ireland. Trolls are humourless further Northern creatures. Santa Claus’ reindeers chase them in summer for fun. Busy Christmas bringing a life to Herr Hovey und das kinder auf
            Deutschland.

          • FatherWagner

            That’s the spirit HermitTalker!

          • HermitTalker

            Yah yah. Herr Heilege Pfarr
            Pastor en zwie kirche.

          • Heinz

            You must be talking in tongues!
            Is there any prophet around to interpret that?

          • HermitTalker

            Ta 57 cuid teanga agam Heinz. You seem typically USA barely literate in English. Heilige scheist Mensch

          • Rose Lincoln

            He’s simply a dummkopf!

          • Heinz

            Oh, I don’t know. I know a guy who comes to our church now and then. From what I have gathered, he used to be a boxer.
            He likes talking, but on some days he simply is not understandable. He knows quite a bit of about five languages, and sometimes he becomes really agitated and mixes those languages while jumping arbitrarily from subject to subject, suddenly making boxing moves into the air.
            Otherwise he’s a nice guy really. You learn not to be embarassed that you don’t understand his point – he probably doesn’t have one. You just listen and nod, make a comment if you understand a word but you are just as free to ignore what he said and start another subject. Works well.
            I also believe that he’s on some kind of medication and the effect is different from day to day.

      • aelfheld

        Considering the fact you have nothing better to do than tell others to ‘get a life’ it’s a bit rich for you to call others ‘unimaginative’.

        • HermitTalker

          Yes. It’s an occupational hazard. Honoured you noticed

  • HermitTalker

    We all knew that; he went North in Europe got reindeer and married since.

  • christopherschaefer

    The Santa Clause we all know and believe in today actually originated with Coca Cola, then devolved back from there. We’ve seen numerous “devolution” parallels to this. For example, Pope Francis was the inspiration for much of Martin Luther’s theology and Pope Paul VI was the inspiration for the Deutsche Messe of Martin Luther. In a way, this sort of expands on the Catholic notion of “sacred time”, whereby Jesus’ sacrifice becomes in-the-present at Mass. However, the aforementioned examples are what we call “devolved sacred time” aka “reverse sacred time”. We even see this in the liturgical calendar. While “theoretically” Advent begins 4 Sundays before Christmas, in reality Christmas begins the day after Thanksgiving. This all was dealt with in a theoretical sense by John Henry Newman in “An essay on the development of Christian doctrine”.

    • JabbaPapa

      That origin story for Santa Claus is actually a myth.

      The origin of the story of St. Nicholas distributing gifts is here :

      http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/three-impoverished-maidens/

      There was a man, once rich, who had fallen on hard times. Now poor, he had three daughters of an age to be married. In those days a young woman’s family had to have something of value, a dowry, to offer prospective bridegrooms. The larger the dowry, the better the chance a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man’s daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery, or worse.

      Word of the family’s misfortune reached Nicholas, who had the wealth inherited from his parents. Coming in secret by night, he tossed a bag of gold into the house. It sailed in through an open window, landing in a stocking* left before the fire to dry. What joy in the morning when the gold was discovered! The first daughter soon wed.

      Not long after, another bag of gold again appeared mysteriously. The second daughter was married. The father, now very anxious to know who the secret benefactor was, kept watch during the night.

      A third bag of gold landed inside the house and the watchful father leaped up and caught the fleeing donor. “Ah, Nicholas, it is you!” cried the father, “You have saved my daughters from certain disaster.”

      Nicholas, embarrassed, and not wishing to be known, begged the man to keep his identity secret. “You must thank God alone for providing these gifts in answer to your prayers for deliverance.”

      • HermitTalker

        A+ for creative writing F – for historic accuracy

        • JabbaPapa

          Which historic accuracy is that ? This old mediaeval legend of St Nicholas is most certainly at the actual origin of the Santa Claus giving gifts in the night story rather than the fake story of the Coca-Cola Company of the USA inventing it ex nihilo.

          • christopherschaefer

            In 2012 it officially was confirmed that the 1897 origination of the Santa legend was worth between $20,000 and $30,000. Note that it was only 6 years later that cocaine was removed from the Coca Cola formula. A lot can happen in only 6 years! http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/2/phoenix-az/appraisals/1897-yes-virginia-santa-letter–199704A43/

          • HermitTalker

            That was the Coca Cola icon value you blundering **** nothing to do with the Saint

          • HermitTalker

            Cocaine as a dangerous drug was never an ingredient of the popular soft drink. Never. That fake “truth” has been around for ages. Tying it with Saint Nicholas and Coca Cola is total nonsense

          • christopherschaefer

            Now I’m totally confused. Virginia O’Hanlon had nothing at all to do with Coca Cola. I’m not sure if her letter ever became canonical. Need to consult the Omniscient One: Wikipedia.

          • HermitTalker

            No. Her letter to Santa became famous through a newspaper’s reply. Way before Wikipedia and other Fake News.

          • christopherschaefer

            I thought the whole POINT of this thread was to ’embellish’ fake news, to make it much more interesting and add to the ‘legend’.

          • JabbaPapa

            Well if you ever get worried, just start remembering to consider venerating Rudolph.

          • JabbaPapa

            ah well if you can put a $$$ price tag on it, that must mean it’s canonical !!!

            Thanks for the update !!!

        • christopherschaefer

          Well, just to clarify, the REAL Santa Clause was invented AFTER Coca Cola removed cocaine from the original formula of their “health tonic”. The 3 bags of gold originally were 3 dime-bags of cocaine.

          • HermitTalker

            Sounds as if you did not de=cocaine yet. Saint Nicholas is honoured on his 6 December feast in Europe and parts of the US in ethnic German Catholic areas.

  • Fr. John Higgins

    The idea that Santa Claus was named after this little known Saint is crazy. Santa Claus is the one in Heaven (along with his sleigh and reindeers) while Nicholas was obviously a “hater” and should have just gone along with Arius in the spirit of tolerance, right? I mean, would Jesus have been so mean? I vote that we remove Nick’s Saint Badge and call him a divisive and racist right wing extremist, otherwise I’ll have to go put my safety pin back on and kneel at my glorious statue of Bill and Hillary.

    • HermitTalker

      Are you covered for mental breakdowns? No reindeer poop in Himmel.

    • kamiller42

      In 2 Kings, Santa and his sleigh came down to take Elijah up. The sleigh and reindeer were obviously mistaken for a chariot of fire and horses of fire. Pope Francis says the record will be corrected when we get a better translation of 2 Kings.

  • JabbaPapa

    Santa does know the precise difference between being naughty and nice though, so they didn’t completely re-write his staunch orthodoxy, but instead they simply added a daringly ambiguous footnote on this question to his Legend.