The true story of Nicholas

Illustration vom Nikolaus
Niko ist ein Riesenfan vom Heiligen Nikolaus | ©

At the Christmas market Nicholas Village our doll unique NIKO brings close to the true story of Saint Nicholas, of which he is a huge fan....

In the Village Chapel of Nicholas Village you can NIKO all day, sitting on the original, small church benches, admire cinematically: Niko tells the true story of St. Nicholas

Another film in the village chapel: Niko tells the Christmas story

Is staged by one of the best known and NIKO best puppeteers Germany: Carsten Haffke ("Sesame Street", "The program with the elephant" ...)

NIKO told:
The true story of St. Nicholas

with illustrations by Marina Kolishchak

One thing first: St. Nicholas really lived.
Illustration vom Nikolaus
Nikolaus war ein gutherziger Mensch | © Marina Kolishchak

He was such a kind person and exceptional that we especially remember to this day his name day, the 06 December at him.

Then he visited children and adults in order to please them and to bestow them.

But who says that St. Nicholas punishes children for any actions stupid, lying.

In addition, the St. Nicholas is often confused with Santa Claus. It is the only such thing as a bringer of gifts, on which there is not much to tell.

About the St. Nicholas but you can tell a lot:
Nikolaus verliert seine Eltern | © Marina Kolishchak

So we know that he was born about the year 280 in what is now Turkey. His parents were very rich, but unfortunately died early. Since Nicholas was just 16 years old. He lived a few years alone in the big house parents.

It quickly became clear that he was unusually helpful:

Whenever hungry children or poor old man knocked on his door, he gave them like some of his wealth from.

Once he is 3 young women secretly Gold through the window - have thrown or by the fireplace in the suspended therein socks, so that they had a sufficient dowry in order to choose the man of her heart can.

From this legend, the presentation, showing St. Nicholas with three golden apples or balls emerged, and it is founded in this tradition also that on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day stockings or be placed plates of Nicholas, in the hope that they filled the next morning are.

So a bishop falls already on purely external.

This is because of its trappings, so to sign, which carries a person, so you can see that he has a special dignity. Most striking is certainly the typical headgear for a Bishop: This is the Mitra. Then there is the crosier. He was originally a shepherd's crook and is a symbol that a bishop must take care of his flock, especially to the children. Also typical is the ostentatious garb of a bishop. It is supported on more festive occasions.

And what kind of a feast when Nicholas visits the children.

Saint Nicholas did not hesitate in his dignified garb to parade through the city and to look past even in the poorest.

Of the money that Nicholas had received for his great house, he suffered almshouses for men build that had no home.

He straightened orphanages for children who had no parents or about which nobody cared.

At the port of Myra, he built a house for old sailors, who could no longer go out to sea, and over there is a story to tell:

Nicholas is said to have saved the lives of seafarers.

They were caught in a heavy storm with her sailboat. He tore the sails, the sailors had dread. Suddenly a man stood behind the wheel and steered the ship safely through the storm up in the harbor of Myra. The next day, the sailors in the church wanted to thank God for their salvation. Bishop Nicholas stood there behind the altar, and the sailors recognized him as her knight in shining armor

This traditional story is probably also provide background for the custom known since the 15th century, tinkered paper Nicholas ships out the door, in the Nicholas should put his gifts. The little Nicholas ships were later replaced by boots, shoes or stockings.

From the 15th century to be the legend of St. Nicholas and the grain traders spread.

During a terrible famine there is Bishop Nicholas have managed to get quite a lot of grain sacks. He distributed the seed to the starving people, and finally bread could be baked again.

His church could still eat for years to come from the grain.

Since time immemorial, Nicholas is also the patron saint of bakers.

All these are the reasons why Nicholas to this day as among others Patron saint of bakers, sailors, travelers, pilgrims, the merchants, the poor and, of course, the children will be worshiped.

Around the year 351 Nicholas died.

For that time, he has become very old: nearly 70 years.

Many people visit his grave today in Bari. This is a big city in southern Italy. Why there? His remains were actually kept in Myra.

But in the 11th century Myra was attacked and robbed by strangers. Merchants from Bari who lived through that. They managed to save the relics of St. Nicholas and to bring in their city.