I will be spending most of my time now with the other member of our household, Tom’s wife Diane. She is responsible for determining the paint scheme for my friends and me, and it will be interesting to see her color selections for this year. I won’t see Tom again until it is time for my eyes to be added. Diane will begin by choosing a color for my outer robe. Some of my friends will have a red robe; others will have different colors depending upon the country of their origin. Diane must mix the paints carefully or the stain will not penetrate the grain of the wood. Let’s learn about another visitor.
St. Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in Patara, a city of Lycia, in Asia Minor. He became the gift giver of Myra. His gifts were given late at night, so that the gift giver's identity would remain a secret. St. Nicholas was eventually named the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia and Greece.
St. Nicholas was a Christian priest, who later became a bishop. He was a rich person, and traveled the country helping people, giving gifts of money and other presents. St. Nicholas did not like to be seen when he gave away presents, so the children of the day were told to go to sleep quickly or he would not come! Nothing has changed and Santa Claus will not arrive this Christmas unless the children go to sleep early.