Santa Claus versus St. Nick…

… Every now and again I hear someone refer to Santa Claus as St. Nick.

Santa and St. Nick are two very different individuals. Here, let me help you distinguish between the two.

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St. Nick aka St. Nicholas of Myra

1) An actual real live person
2) Celebrated and recognized saint in Catholicism and Orthodoxy
3) Known for kicking ass and taking names

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4) Actually gave to the poor
5) Imprisoned for his faith

Santa Claus

1) Totally fictional character of dubious pagan and *gasp* Protestant origin that never existed and reportedly watches children sleep, has an eating disorder, and runs a labor factory filled with midget slaves.

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To reiterate, one is a real …

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The other, is not.

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Today is the feast day of the very real St. Nicholas. To honor his memory you can — give to the poor, pray for the virtue of young women, visit the imprisoned, and slap a heretic.

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