The vicar convened a special Sunday school class this morning when it turned out he was able to get St. Nicholas as a guest speaker. He felt that both children and adults would want to have the opportunity to hear about his life and times and what he’s remembered for.
St. Nicholas arrived in full bishop regalia and everyone was enthralled. Even at his advanced age he interacted well with the children and somehow seemed to know their names. (“Are you Alex? You are? I thought so!”) At the close of the talk he had bags of gold coins for the children (those gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins.)
I don’t know if all the children understood that St. Nicholas was the basis for Santa Claus, but they definitely enjoyed the stories about Nicholas anonymously throwing bags of gold up through a poor man’s window (“wow, you had good aim!” “Yes, I did, didn’t I?”) to supply his daughters’ dowries and the like, and they seemed to like the point that Nicholas’s generosity had been inspired when he took to heart the gospel story about Jesus and the rich man.