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St. Nicholas Day

For St. Nicholas Day, December 6th, we have the tartan "Santa's Toy Shop CCS".

Saint Nicholas (15 March 270 – 6 December 343) also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor (modern-day Demre, Turkey). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as "Nikolaos the Wonderworker."

St. Nicholas had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, a practice now celebrated on his feast day.  It is St. Nicholas who became the model for Santa Claus, from the Dutch Sinterklaas, a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos".


St. Nicholas'  most famous exploit involves a poor man with three daughters who could not afford a proper dowry for them.  The father feared they would remain unmarried and in absence of any other possible employment, would descend into deep disgrace.  Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas desired to aid them, but being too modest to help the family in public (and to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw three purses (one for each daughter) filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house.

This tartan was designed  for the Clan Claus Society, a benevolent service organization, dedicated to bringing Christmas cheer in the true and sincere tradition of the Santa Claus Legend. 

Colours: red is the traditional colour for Santa Claus; green is for the evergreen holly and mistletoe which represent Christmas traditions; the three bands of yellow represent the three bags of gold that St Nicholas of Myra gave the three daughters of the merchant; the two bands of white are for purity and the snow of the North Pole.

Click the picture of St. Nicholas  for more on the folklore and interesting legends associated with St. Nicholas.