Monday, December 6, 2010

Behave, or Santa Will Slap You?

St. Nick wasn't always jolly.  Just watch yourself!

Most of us know that Santa Claus was inspired by a true person, a bishop named Nicholas of Myra. Apparently Nicholas' behavior wasn't always saintly, because at the Council of Nicaea he slapped Arius. Arius was the founder of the heresy Arianism and proclaimed that Jesus wasn't God. Nicholas, irritated beyond belief, slapped Arius. Below is a link to the story. Beware of Santa; he can get cranky.

Slappy Christmas! Get to Know the Real “Santa Claus” – Saint Nicholas


  1. I've always loved that story. Great post!

  2. Thanks! I never knew that until today. Good old St. Nick.


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