December 25 is a very festive day for people every year, in West it can even be called one of biggest and most important holidays of year. Tradition.
And most symbolic standard of Christmas——Santa Claus has become expectation of people, especially in hearts of children, no one can shake his status. In fact, Santa Claus is not a completely virtual character.
The true prototype of "Santa Claus" exists, but times have changed.People have found legendary "Santa Claus" under a church in Turkey, which is an ancient tomb built over 1600 years ago.Prototype of Santa Claus
Santa Claus is called Saint Nicholas, and it was he who passed on gifts of current Santa Claus to subsequent generations. People often give characters representative titles, and Saint Nicholas is indeed body of Santa Claus, not his incarnation.
Saint Nicholas was not a big man when he was born. He was born in Panther on March 15, 270. Panthera is located on shores of Mediterranean Sea. Fortunately, his family environment is relatively rich.
However, enjoying family affection of his parents did not last long.Before his hair turned white, his parents left him forever, leaving only that religion had given him grace in life.
Ordinary people are somewhat selfish in their souls, but St. Nicholas is completely disinterested: he donated all inheritance left by his parents to charity and helped many in need.
We have no way of knowing what he thought during his lifetime, other than that he became a bishop and philanthropist. He was never stingy with giving. When he sees poor who have to beg because they can't eat, he won't hesitate to lend a helping hand.
Because of his countless generous donations, people support this philanthropist who deserves to be treated as saints. Not only do you get up when you see others need help, but you also give yourself gifts from time to time.
It is possible that when body of St. Nicholas left this world, people at that time were filled with deep sorrow.
Saint Nicholas died in AD 346.In order to commemorate deceased by behavior of saint, his life experience was compiled into a story that gradually spread among people.
Over time, origins of his story became more and more numerous. The only constant basis is that Santa Claus is a character created around Saint Nicholas. His influence also spread from place of his birth to whole world and penetrated into subsequent era.
Some countries have even specifically named it a specific holiday, meaning December 6th is a religious day of remembrance called "Saint Nicholas Day."The remains of St. Nicholas
The body of a high-ranking person is usually treated with great respect.Originally, his body was said to have been buried underground at Jerpoint Abbey in city of Ireland, but changes took place in 800.
Some also think that former cemetery of St. Nicholas was not at first in Gerpoint Monastery, but was buried in a church in Turkey, and only later was transferred to Gerpoint Monastery. gradually being studied.
Located in one place in Turkey, there is an abandoned church. After Middle Ages, because it existed for a long time, it was also swallowed up by rising sea water, so that it ceased to be whole.
Subsequently, it became only a forgotten place, after which another church was built here, The new church with its Byzantine features attracted people's attention, but they never noticed To time-forgotten ruins.
Until some scientists discovered another unique colored block on ground, floor was made from different blocks and stones to lead people to another church, it was forgotten Saint Nicholas. Grave location .
It is said that this church was built for St. Nicholas after 5th century, and after that it even became a place of pilgrimage for Christians.
It no longer retains its original glamor and beauty, so it will be forgotten by people because it doesn't look like a church anymore, it's more like no man's land, so no one will set foot in this place again.
Until it was discovered by archaeologists in 1956, people suddenly realized that ancient tomb of St. Nicholas was buried here. After confirmation, people began to pay attention to it, and began to carry out many repairs.
Everyone knows that cemetery of St. Nicholas should enjoy same treatment as he did during his lifetime, that is, be stored in hearts of people, and it is enough for people to remember him thousands, or even ten thousand years later.The real "Santa Claus"
In 1982, Church of St. Nicholas was recognized as a World Heritage Site, and decades later, in 2017, people discovered another temple, revealing a deep layer of the floor.
As for this find, they acted more cautiously, but in their hearts they were surprised to find that it is very likely that this is real Nikolskoye cemetery.
After constant checks, they officially announced that they had found place where St. Nicholas once lived. Every inch of ground here is likely to be footprints of St. Nicholas. .
Saint Nicholas is also believed to have declared peace after his death, and body that was transported to Italy is most likely that of another deceased and not Saint Nicholas, because he is still buried in Church of Saint Nicholas. , People mourn.
During opening, for a long time, even locals did not know that this was resting place of St. Nicholas. Obviously, this is a fantastic story based on reality.
In fact, there is another saying that prototype of Santa Claus is helper of St. Nicholas, and he is different from St. Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is kind and sympathetic. don't know how many charities I've done.
His assistant is to punish those with a dirty heart, often pretending to be a holy child, drives a carriage, holds a stick and carries a large cloth bag on his shoulders, wanders around and rewards good children with gifts. to punish those kids who do bad things.
After a long time, this turned into a legend about Santa Claus. Although it's not entirely impossible, Saint Nicholas is most faithful "Santa Claus" since his life is long enough. became Santa Claus.
Gradually, it is no longer so important whether true Santa Claus or not. "Believe it or not." People in childhood can still fully believe this. As they grow older, people begin to learn truth.
But people are always willing to give "Santa Claus" a place in their hearts because his existence is good enough. After cemetery of St. Nicholas was approved, people began to believe him more.