School children the world over lament the revelation that Santa Claus is not real. It happens earlier for some than it does for others. Usually it is a schoolmate who breaks the bad news that breaks hearts.
But here’s the truth: Santa Claus is very real. He’s old. He’s got a few wrinkles. And his story has been mixed up a bit over time. There is a lot that is untrue about him. But he is very real.
Born in Asia Minor in a former area of Turkey known as Patara nearly two centuries ago Nicholas was born of affluent parents who had the nerve to up and die on him before he was ten years old. He spent his remaining growing up years under the direction of kindly village priests, who did a very good jobn of documenting Nicholas’ history.