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There really was a St. Nicholas -- you may be surprised to hear. He was a fourth-century bishop in Asia Minor. Europeans have long observed December 6 as St. Nicholas Day, but the tradition never took hold in America. This charming volume presents little-known legends and tales from Russia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Holland, France, Italy, and Armenia----to name a few of the countries represented in this book. While slimmer than jolly old Santa, the historical saint is much larger in character. Celebrated as protector of the wronged and patron saint of children, Nicholas is, in essence, a Western bodhisattva: an enlightened being who serves those in need. This book restores him as an important lost archetype of the Wise Old Man, clustering stories according to such appealing themes as rescuing, nurturing, outwitting evil, and healing. Louise Carus spent two years researching and translating material to bring us the best collection available in English. It will delight parents, educators, community organizers, story lovers, and others eager to decommercialize and resanctify the holidays. Indeed, the generous spirit of the real St. Nicholas can inspire us any day of the year.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book for myself and then for family members and friends. I knew it was a truly special collection of stories, and sure enough, this book received the Nautilus Grand Winner Children's award by NAPRA. This award honors distinguished literary contribution to conscious living and oisitive social change that serve to expand humanity's vision, awareness and understanding, promoting a more sustainable, healthful and enlightened world. Now to tell you about this book. This book offers its reader the real origins of Santa Claus by reviving the traditions of St. Nicholas with 32 stories from all over the world. It also includes recipes for treats to be served on the feast of St. Nicholas, December 6. The tales appeal to everyone, regardless of age and are enjoyed either read silently or aloud. Simple folktales of powerful virtue that honor St. Nicholas as protector, healer and rescuer. It is a beautifully illustrated book, with colored images of artwork depicting St. Nicholas. You will also enjoy the line drawings that introduce each chapter. This book should be on the top of your gift giving list, for any occasion, as well as for yourself. Certainly, this would make a marvelous gift for the Christmas season.
This book is a must for those who are tired of the materialistic & consumeristic image of the modern Santa Claus. This work depicts the very spiritual side of St Nicholas. My children love these short stories, which read very well, and entertain the adult reader as well.