Winter Blogfest: Kathryn Knight

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The History of St. Nick

While most people are familiar with the story of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem, and how it relates to the Christmas holiday, many are unaware of how a 4th century bishop influenced the legend of Santa Claus.

Saint Nicholas, or Nikolaos of Myra, was a bishop in an ancient town in Lycia—now Demre, in the Antalya Province of Turkey.  One of his most well-known deeds involved giving unexpected gifts, one of which landed in a stocking.  According to the story, Nicholas wanted to help three young girls, whose father had no money for their dowries.  At that point in history, such a fate could result in a life of prostitution.  Not wanting to embarrass the poor father, Nicholas threw bags of gold coins through the windows.  In one version of the tale, the father laid in wait to see who was doing this…and so instead of throwing the third bag through the window, Nicholas dropped it down the chimney, and it landed in a stocking hung to dry by the fire.

The Dutch figure of Sinterklass is based upon Saint Nick, and he more resembles the white-bearded man in red we’re all familiar with.  In turn, our Santa Claus is derived from Sinterklass, and it’s widely believed that he was introduced to North America around the time of the Revolutionary War, by inhabitants of New York City, which was once New Amsterdam, a Dutch colony.

Of course, many other sources have combined to shape both the modern-day image of Santa Claus and the various holiday legends and traditions that have evolved (decorating trees, a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, winter feasts and festivals, etc.)  Perhaps someone will delve deeper into those topics in another post during The Winter Blogfest here at Long and Short Reviews—keep checking back!

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Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily’s own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.

Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives—Tyler’s imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: a ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son. Emily’s attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again—forever.

About the Author: Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense. Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks. When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching fitness classes. She lives on beautiful Cape Cod with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.

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  1. I’d heard of Nikolaos of Myra before, but I had no idea there was a story about him dropping that bag of coins down a chimney. How interesting.

  2. Kathryn, while doing research for a recent blog I wrote I came across the same story!!! i love that you promoted it here. People don’t tend to know why the traditions they practice exist. This is a great blog piece for explaining a few. Well done and Merry Christmas! ( Don’t forget to hang your stocking!!!)

    • Kathryn Knight says:

      Thanks so much for coming by and commenting, Peggy! I’m getting those stockings up tonight 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!

  3. Hey Kathryn!
    Interesting blog. Good to know where traditions come from, have a very Merry Christmas!

  4. Michele Hayes says:

    I love the story of Santa Claus, thank you for sharing. Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

  5. interesting info

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