Tis the season to talk about Santa Claus. But how much do you know about the real St. Nicholas? Are they the same? How did "Santa Claus" come to be what he is today? I found this great website on St. Nicholas. I especially enjoyed the essay on "Saint Nicholas and the Origin of Santa Claus." If you have kids there are some fun activities and games for them to play. One interesting fact I learned is that St. Nicholas probably attended the Council of Nicea. Legend has it that he was "so incensed at some remark of the heretic Arius about Christ and the Theotokos that he punched Arius in the nose." Our current Santa probably wouldn't be much bothered by such theological disputes and he would never punch anyone in the nose!
Stop by the website and see what you think. I think you'll enjoy it.