At the Council of Nicea, where the Church’s doctrine on the nature of Jesus Christ was formulated, Nicholas defended the orthodox concept of Christ being of the same substance as God the Father. The heretical Arius propounded his own theory that Jesus was not fully divine, but just a really, really good man who became sort of god-like.
Always one to put his faith into action, Nicholas, becoming incensed by Arius’ claptrap, got up and smacked him. Like this:
My kids made out like bandits during the holidays, receiving presents from St. Nicholas on the 6th, Santa Claus and the Christ Child on the 25th, and from the 3 Kings on the Epiphany. I’m not sure I would do it this way again if I had to do it over, but the kids certainly enjoyed it.
The Office of Readings for St. Nicholas is from St. Augustine on the necessity of self-sacrificing love for their flock on the part of bishops. Of which St. Nicholas was a true role model. With or without the decking of Arius. Hey, now there’s a holiday ditty for you:
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