Union County, Blairsville, Georgia Holiday-Winter 2018-2019 - Page 30

Page 30 Union County GA Magazine . Holiday & Winter 2018-19 . www.unioncountymag.com St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Santa Claus It is believed that St. Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Over the course of many years, St. Nicholas' popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. Nicholas had a strong desire to give to others. St. Nicholas was well known in his lifetime as someone who liked to do good. He especially liked to help people secretly. There is one famous legend about Saint Nicholas. The story tells of Nicholas hearing one day of three beautiful sisters who lived in a miserable hut on the edge of Myra. The three sisters were very poor. They could barely earn enough to keep themselves and their old mother from starving to death. When Nicholas heard of their plight, he was very concerned. He decided to do something to help them. One night, when everyone was asleep, Nicholas crept through the streets to the edge of town. Quietly, he tiptoed up to the hut By Norm Cooper Editor, Union County GA Magazine where the three sisters lived. He climbed onto the roof and dropped three bags of gold through the hole in the roof where the smoke from the fire came out. Now it so happened that the three sisters had washed their stockings before they went to bed. The stockings had been hung by the fire to dry. When Nicholas dropped the gold through the smoke hole, each bag of gold fell into a stocking. The three sisters were overjoyed to find bags of gold in their stockings when they woke up the next morning. Soon, the story began to spread. Other people began to hang up stockings in the hope of finding bags of gold when they woke up in the morning. From this legend sprang the custom of hanging stockings up by the chimney on Christmas Eve. Over the years, Saint Nicholas became associated with Christmas. Dwain Brackett Union County Probate Judge During the Christmas Season and the New Year, may faith be your guide and good fortune you constant companion. Thank you for your friendship & support as our office serves you and our community. Kristin * Charla * Wanda Lee Knight Union County Tax Commissioner Merry Christmas May the Spirit of Christmas be within your heart this holiday season & throughout the new year. Santa Claus is the American figure adapted from the European legends of Saint Nicholas. The traditions of Saint Nicholas were introduced in America by the Dutch settlers. In fact, the actual name of Santa Claus is adapted from the Dutch Sint Nikolaas (Sinterklass). As immigrants from other countries came, they too spread their legends of the saint. It is believed that Nicholas' first appearance in the New World was in 1492, when Columbus named a bay after him. Nicholas emerged in the early 19th century as a central role in what was to become a folk festival instead of a purely religious occasion. John Pintard unveiled a showing of Nicholas, two children and stockings hung from a fireplace in 1810. It included the words "Sancta Claus, Goed Heylig Man", which means, "Saint Nicholas, Good Holy Man." Clement Moore's "A Visit From St. Nicholas" was published in 1823. Santa Claus became popular in the Saint Nicholas Santa Claus 1800s, thanks in part to the famous poet Clement Moore, cartoons of Thomas Nast and stories of Washington Irving. The Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas was brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century. Santa’s connection with reindeer and the North Pole is believed to date back to Scandinavian lore. According to legend, Clement Clarke Moore wrote his immortal poem, A Visit from St. Nicholas, also known as The Night Before Christmas, for his family on Christmas Eve 1822. He never intended that it be published. Itmade its first appearance in print on December 23, 1823. It is the most-published, most- read, most-memorized and most- collected book in all of Christmas literature. Judy Odom Clerk of Superior Court Union County Extending greetings to you during this joyous holiday season Merry Christmas * Happy New Year Hoping your holiday season is a truly memorable one. We know we’re filled with fond memories as we recall the many kind people we’ve had the privilege to serve this year. Merry Christmas. Susie Phillips Chief Appraiser Chair Board of Assessors & Staff Merry Christmas Happy New Year Lamar Paris Union County Commissioner May you enjoy all the blessings this wonderful time of year has to offer. Magistrate Court Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas and Joyous Holiday Season. Cary Cox Teresa Collins * Tim Grizzle * Barbara Holbrooks