The Legend of St. Nicholas

The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to St. Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that, after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor.

As with many of the saints, however, we are able to capture the relationship which Nicholas had with God through the admiration which Christians have had for him—an admiration expressed in the colorful stories which have been told and retold through the centuries.

Perhaps the best-known story about Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, this particular legend evolved into the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast. In the English-speaking countries, St. Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus—further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.

And today, we can follow St. Nicholas’ generosity of love and gifts to those who are unable to provide for themselves and their families.

Open Table has Specific Christmas Gifts on our Wish-List

We have asked each of our residents and friends to share specific things that would help to reach their goals . . . these are the items they’ve requested. Some of the things are items they will have to get themselves, hence the gift cards. You’re a blessing!

  • $300 in Target Gift Cards
  • $200 in Walmart Gift Card
  • 3 Memberships to the Margaret Maddox YMCA
  • One New Men’s Suit (Or gift card to Men’s Warehouse etc.)
  • A mid-range putter
  • $50 Home Depot Gift Card
  • Art Supplies
  • Art Classes
  • Bus passes (Day or Month Passes)
  • Gas Cards
  • $100 in Kroger Cards
  • McKay Used Book Store Gift Card
  • Sign up to be an Advocate with one of our residents . . . the gift of friendship!
  • AND – for the Open Table Community . . . a Washer & Dryer!

If it’s easier for you to make a donation to help with the gifts, please feel free to click on our “Donate Now” button above & on our website. THANKS!