St Nicholas was born in Patara, formerly a city in the Middle East in the 4th century AD.

When his parents died, they left a large inheritance that he used to help the poor and needy. He became the youngest Bishop of Myra, travelled to Palestine and Egypt, was imprisoned by the Emperor Diocletian, then released by Emperor Constantine.

600 years after his death the Russian Emperor Vladimir made him the patron saint of Russia, then Holland and many other European countries followed suit.

Until the Protestant reformation, Christmas and the date of his death were merged, gifts were given in memory of his generosity, only the Dutch preserved it and today Dutch children expect a visit from “Sinter Klaas” on December 6th.

Our musical St Nicholas  a story about him can be downloaded at