Backstory — Santa Claus, Part 1: The Life and Legend of Saint Nicholas

We’re kicking off the 2016 season with a three-part series about how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus. Most of the episodes this season are for the whole family, but this series is for grownups only, for obvious reasons.

If you think you know St. Nicholas, you may be in for a few surprises when you hear this episode.

Did you know these things about St. Nicholas?

  • Legend says he resurrected three boys who were butchered to death by an evil innkeeper
  • He is said to have cold-cocked a fellow theologian during a heated debate
  • He is the patron saint of pawnbrokers
Image of Saint Nicholas saving the three boys from the evil Innkeeper

Saint Nicholas saving the three boys from the evil Innkeeper

You’ll hear that and much, much more in this episode. I’m joined by Bruce David Forbes, a professor of religious studies and the author of the wonderful book, Christmas: A Candid History.

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