St. Nicholas was born in 270 A.D. and died on December 6, 343. He was the much-loved Bishop of Myra, which was located in modern day Turkey.
He is honored for his generosity, his humility, and his unwavering defense of his faith. Legends abound of the good bishop coming late at night to anonymously deliver gifts to the poor. He brought food, clothing, and even sacks of money. He encouraged his parishioners to do the same, in secret, so that only God would know.
The Dutch brought the story of St. Nicholas and his giving spirit to the U.S. They call him Sinter Klaas.