Old Saint Nick Actually Existed

Today’s Santa is an amalgamation of the Dutch figure Sinterklaas and imagery created by the illustrator Thomas Nast and the poet Clement Clarke Moore in “The Night Before Christmas.” Surprisingly, the legendary Sinterklaas was based on a real person – Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth century bishop famed for his generosity. Adam C. English examines the historical Saint Nicholas in The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.