Last night I read an article from World Magazine called "Slappy Holiday." It was quite humorous. It tells of the true St. Nicholas. He is "said to have saved a poor family's daughters from slavery by tossing into their window enough gold for a rich dowry, a present that landed in some shoes or, in some accounts, stockings that were hung up to dry. Thus arose the custom of hanging up stockings for St. Nicholas to fill. And somehow he transmogrified into Santa Claus, who has become for many people the secular Christmas alternative to Jesus Christ."
What was even more interesting to me was that he was one of the authors of the Nicene Creed, which came out of the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 and affirms that Jesus is God and man. Arius was a heretic who denied the deity of Christ and good ole St. Nick got tired of his heresy, and walked his jolly self over and slapped Arius. Who would have thought that the "original Santa Claus" was committed to the glory of Christ. He would be disgusted if he saw the attention that Santa receives over against that which Christ receives.