There are many miraculous legends surrounding Saint Nicholas, a Christian bishop from the ancient city of Myra during the height of the Roman Empire, but please allow me to share with all of you the one that is the most extraordinary:
Having heard of a pious man who had unfortunately lost his entire wealth before he could wed his three daughters, Saint Nicholas of Myra decided to extend his help before the worst could happen. You see, in those days, a young girl without any dowry was unable to marry. And if she failed to secure any employment, either, she would end up on the streets.
Saint Nicholas was not about to let that happen. But how was he, a stranger by any definition, to barge in and simply give money to the poor man without publicly embarrassing him in front of his family? We are told to help in secret for a reason.
So Saint Nicholas waited until nightfall before going to the man’s house and leaving a pouch full of gold coins without anyone noticing.
When the man saw the gold the next day, he immediately planned a wedding for his eldest daughter.
No sooner had the celebration ended than Saint Nicholas paid the man a second visit under the cover of darkness, leaving yet another pouch full of gold coins.
So overjoyed was the man upon making the discovery that he arranged for his middle daughter to be married as well.
But who was this mysterious person making such generous gifts, the man wondered.
Because his youngest daughter was still unmarried, he thought to himself that a third pouch would appear sooner or later.
So every single night, the man would wait and see if you could uncover the identity of his secret benefactor.
As sure as the day ends and night begins, Saint Nicholas once again set forth to make another donation.
When the man saw Saint Nichols, he fell to his knees and thanked him for being so kind to him and his daughters.
But Saint Nicholas simply told him not to reveal who he was or even mention his gifts.
Hence, the acts of giving freely and loving dearly have become a long-lasting tradition, forever immortalising the deeds of good old Saint Nick. Well, today you might also know him as Santa Claus.