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Feast Of Saint Nicholas

Russian Icon of Saint Nicholas

Yes, it is the day that kindly old Saint Nicholas fills the footware of good little girls and boys with treats [or his assistants beat the evil out of bad children, depending on the local customs – they didn’t just leave the sticks – in some places they use them.] Don’t forget the carrot if he rides a horse in your area.

He is the patron saint of Russian merchants and pawnbrokers.


1 cookie jill { 12.07.12 at 4:04 am }

Patron Saint of “pawnbrokers”…Love it. We’ve got quite a number of “retired” Russian oligarchs living here in Santa Barbara…they just might be pawning off some of their things in our “higher end” broker businesses. Might take a field trip today to see.

2 Steve Bates { 12.07.12 at 9:22 am }

In that icon, Nicholas looks neither “jolly” nor “old.” Maybe it’s the medium…

3 Bryan { 12.07.12 at 6:46 pm }

In the case of the oligarchs, Jill, I think ‘fences’ would be more probable that pawn brokers.

He was a bishop and extremely wealthy, so the Santa Claus concept is not particularly applicable, Steve. He would have looked more like Aristotle Onassis than the guy quaffing a Coke or riding in a sleigh.

4 cookie jill { 12.09.12 at 3:20 am }

Well…Santa Claus IS Finnish, of course. 😉


5 Bryan { 12.09.12 at 10:15 am }

Well, Joulupukki is Finnish and was the model of the Coca Cola Santa Claus campaign as the graphic artist was a Finn.