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From Cyprus the island of the Saints Acts 13:4:5-6
Merry Christmas beloved...a very special message from Santa
Bishop Saint Nicolaos of Myra the second greatest miracle worker ever lived was demoted by the history of man to a “Santa”!
Saint Nicholas the Bishop of Myra, took part in the I st Ecumenical Synod of the Christian Church where the Bishops gathered in order to describe the Holy Trinity. The Creed was named The Symbol Of Faith and this took place in Nikea the year 325 A.D
THE SYMBOL OF FAITH (of the Orthodox)
Saint Nicolas is the greatest miracle making Saint in the history of man after Moses!
In early Christianity 3rd century, there was a very well known Church Bishop who was a member of the 1st Ecumenical Synod of the Christian Church (Greek Orthodox today) who became world known not only because he was a Great Wonder Worker (miracle maker) but because he had the reputation for ~secret gift-giving~, such as putting coins in the shoes to anyone leaving them out for him to see, or by giving money to pour families who had daughters with out dowry in order for them to be able to marry and not to be send away to become prostitutes. Before joining the Church and becoming Bishop he gave all of his personal property (he came from a rich family) to the poor. He wanted to travel one time to the Holy Land and on the way a great storm broke out and the ship was to be taken apart so the crew asked the priest to pray for he was a man of God…and the storm immediately stopped. One of the sailors, who climbed up to fix the sails slipped and fell to his death. Immediately the holy Bishop approached him and said: Christ my God who has authority over life and death resurrect this man…and he was resurrected. The miracles were not only countless, they were great and this is why he got the fame of being a Great Wonder worker. After the schism of the Church in 1054AC this great Saint of God that became renown all over the world was “set on the side” not to be known in a convenient way. His very famous name of Saint Nic olas and his gift making virtues were kept in secret , and he was replaced being the Bishop of Myra with a red costume, a sleigh and some reindeer! All of this was done because by being Bishop of the first Church that was the ONLY Church in the world for the first 1054 years of Christianity he was standing as ~a lighthouse in the dark unfriendly night~ where Christians could be guided safely to the Truth the Light of the world Lord Jesus. Saint Nicolas is the the second greatest miracle making Saint ever lived, and his personal life is the greatest of testimonies of the Salvation Truth and validity of the Church He served as a Bishop and the relationship he had with God when attracting His Grace for the abundance of his miracles.
Being disguised by history as a Santa Claus bearing gifts on a sleigh, deprives all those who love Lord Jesus of the Church he served as a Bishop and everything delivered the day of Pentecost by the Holy Spirit for the Salvation of man!
The Greek Orthodox Church celebrates his memory 6 December each year.
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How/why did this the second greatest miracle maker of man kind after Moses became Santa Claus?
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A welcome ceremony of his Miracle making Holy Remains in Pereas. Right click to English please.
What Is the Orthodox Church? – Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me to be my follower, he does not deny his father and his mother and his wife and his children and his brothers and sisters, as long as they are his. an obstacle to his new life, he still does not renounce his life, when the need forced him to sacrifice, he can not be my student.
I grew up in the netherlands, sinterklaas creeped me out but zwarte piet was my favorite part of the holidays, i remember seeing sinterklaas coming back from holiday on a cruise ship, them coming to my school and zwarte piet handing out pepernoten!
Having lived in America, yeah.. I think we all know how americans would react to zwarte piet.
Thank you for this. My aunt is German and we celebrated this in the states in pretty much exactly the way you say.
I grew up Catholic and coming back I struggle with things like saints- I know St Nick is an "easier" one but this reminds me of my childhood and folklore and that these are important things.
(And yes, sure, there's the pagan aspect... and? ;) lol)
Sinterklaas is the best i is beter than the Kerstman I will love sinterklaas he all ways give presents to children but are sinterklaas died at age that’s made me sad but a nieuw sinterklaas but he looks brown face he all ways give to the brown children but not white children this made sad more I am heart broken and the nieuw sint make a rock song I don’t like that he is evil he bring only present to brown child but not white children I will wish he will come I will want sinterklaas come back I am will sad but thank you for your videos but I must go bye bye oh no my heart is broken
the sinterklaas in the book of jan schenkman was partly based on the very popular book "der struwelpeter". That was the big hit in the Netherlands when he wrote his book. This book (translates as "piet de smeerpoets") In this book sinterklaas punishes piet(de smeerpoets) by blackening him up with ink. This punishment was for mocking "moriaantje zwart als roet". So the popular black piet in schenkmans hit childrens book actually was a boy punished for racism......And schenkman based him on a moor. "mooriaan". As the dutch were traditionally scaring their kids with moors. Few people know that untill the USA, just a few years before, successfully fought the corsairs.(barbary wars 1815. Actually the first usa navy wars) "Black" Moorish troops had enslaved Europeans as far as vissingen and Ireland ever since the Romans left. The popular misconception that zwarte piet "must be a slave" is wrong and exactly the opposite. As the nineteenth century version moor is a slave-raider. In the schenkman book zwarte piet actually was depicted in clothes we would now link to disneys alladin. Not to a slave in the Americans. All in all the basis of sint and piet is far older then the dutch slavetrade or even the catholics. Every old folktale on the planet knows yin&yang like black and white mythical figures. But for more on this, please search for the movie "wild santa"
Huh, mijn familie uit Brabant viert het altijd op de avond van 5 december, en noemt het 'pakjes avond'. Daarnaast zou het wel mooi geweest zijn als je had genoemd Hoe de Sint uit Spanje komt, maar verder, wel leuk om dit soort dingen te horen in het Engels.
Edit: Laat maar, de stoomboot kwam een beetje later in de video aan :P
Er zijn minimaal drie belangrijke verhalen over deze Sint Nicolaas.
1 De bruidsschatten in de vorm van zakjes munten, anoniem door het open raam binnen gegooid.
(Beschermer van maagden.)
2 Drie scholieren werden vermoord en in stukken gehakt teruggevonden in een pekelton. (Jouw plaatje)
Hij bracht ze terug tot leven. (Beschermer van kinderen.)
3 Hij was een zoon van een rijke handelaar die veel schepen had. Zijn geërfde vermogen besteedde hij aan vrijgevigheid.
(Beschermer van handel over zee, en dus ook van Amsterdam.)
Santa Claus is a sort of New World combination of old World figures including the Dutch Saint Nicholas, British Father Christmas and the more Germanic Chris Kringle into one super character. While the mishmash has replaced many of the old world figures (in the UK for example Father Christmas has been completely replaced with Santa Clause although he is still sometimes called Father Christmas and many Britons don't even know they used to be different characters) the Dutch Saint Nicholas seems to be holding his own.
There are millions of Black people who celebrate it just like the Dutch. They even paint them self's and put on lipstick to look like black Pete or paint them self's like a white person to look like Sinterklaas.
This is why the whole discussion is stupid, black people celebrate it just as much and have no problem with black Pete.
If anything most kids don't like the old creepy white guy who judges them for their behavior and love the funny black guy who gives them sweets.
Just because a insignificant group of idiots are complaining doesn't mean millions have to change this tradition
The St. Nick tradition in the US is basically dead, since Santa Claus/Christmas basically superseded the St. Nick's Day tradition. From what I remember from my childhood, the day isn't really anything special, but as kids, we'd leave our shoes out by the fireplace on the night of the 5th and then we'd get a bag of candy in them in the morning. Out of Curiosity, How is Christmas celebrated in the Netherlands/Dutch-speaking areas?
Sankt Nikolaus is also celebrated in Germany but only with relative small presents like sweets and candies. On the fifth of december the kids clean a boot and put it outside over night and on the sixth the little gifts are inside the boot so the kids can take them. Sankt Nikolaus also has a compagnion called Knecht Ruprecht who would hit the bad kids...
The purported links with Germanic religion is tenuous at best. Seems like 'looks like, so is'. Pretty much first year history stuff to not fall for that kind of thing. The whole connection appears entirely made up and recent, in a bid to create the even more tenuous connection between Black Pete and the black ravens.
I will be on the lookout for your follow up video, but given the dodgy scholarship and juvinile imagery in this one, I'm not holding out hope it will be anything but yet again another justification for an entirely modern blackface practice.
here in Indonesia the word "sinterklas" basically used to mean Santa Claus (yes, tied to christmas and yes, with presents opened on the 25th. We do have Zwarte piet though - in the old punishy-putty-childy-in-sacky form. And no plural, for there's only one :p (if he appears at all that is, nowadays he usually doesn't))
(and "Santa Klaus dan Zwarte Piet" wouldn't actually be a very strange phrase here)
A good informative video once again, Hilbert. St. Nicholas is probably one of the most popular patron saints of them all - the St. Nicholas center ( www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/people/) lists more than 100 different groups of people he is supposed to be the patron saint for, although many are repeats with a slightly different term - for example merchants as well as linen merchants, seed merchants, timber merchants - it is still a lot! It includes children (of course) and sailors (damp ship connection there) - and obviously also thieves, murders and embalmers etc.
Nikolaus is also celebrated in North Germany right to the Danish border, but not here in Scandinavia. This may be because we have always had the jul-tradition. The emphasis has always been towards the end of December, closer to when the original jul was.
I noticed one little “mistake” in your video, that no one else has seemed to pick up on so far. Slejpner (at least in Scandinavian tradition - i.e. the best surviving tradition) only has 8 legs, not 9, as for example can be seen on various Gotlandic picture stones such as the Tjängvidesten. Any last appendage the steed might have had probably wasn’t a leg 😉
Wat mijn opvalt is dat de voorstanders van de huidige vorm van Zwarte Piet altijd met dezelfde, allang verworpen, kromme argumenten komen.
"1. Het zijn altijd 'buitenlanders' die tegen zijn. "
In de eerste plaats ben ik blank, etnisch Nederlands en tegenstanders en ik ben ver van de enige. Er zijn talloze Nederlanders zoals ik, die om een hervorming vragen van dit kontoversiele figuur. Zelfs al in de jaren vijftig werd dit gedebateerd, dus voordat immigratie op gang kwam.
In de tweede plaats is dit argument discriminerend op twee manieren:
A. Mensen die hier geboren en getogen zijn worden beschouwd als 'buitenlanders' alleen maar op hun uiterlijk en cultuur thuis. Het spijt me, maar deze mensen zijn net zozeer Nederlandse staatsburgers als jij en ik.
B. Er wordt direct gesteld, dat deze mensen geen zeggenschap zouden mogen hebben over zaken die gebeuren in hun land, waar zij wonen, werken en leven. Is dat nou rechtvaardig?
"2. Ik ervaar Zwarte Piet niet als discriminerend. "
Het gaat niet alleen om JOUW ervaring, maar om de ervaringen van mensen die NIET jouw huidskleur hebben! Men houdt de oren dicht en luistert niet naar mensen die luid en duidelijk VERTELLEN over episodes waarin zij racistische opmerkingen kregen in verband met zwarte piet.
"3. Het is niet racistisch bedoeld."
Dat wil niet zeggen dat het niet racistisch is. De moderne Zwarte Piet is ontwikkelt in een racistisch era. Dat mensen dat zijn vergeten is 1 ding, maar de racistische kenmerken zoals dikke rode lippen, kroeshaar en oorbellen zijn gebleven.
"4. Het is slechts een klein groepje fanatiekelingen"
Onzin. Als dat waar zou zijn, waarom zouden winkelketens en televiebedrijven zich aansluiten bij het aanpassen van zwarte piet? Of ben je zo naief te denken dat deze bedrijven niet voornamelijk aan geld denken? Duidelijk is het een brede beweging in de bevolking. De tegenstand is zeker niet minder fanatiek, mogelijkerwijs fel fanatieker.
Overigens is het in de grondwet geschreven dat minderheden beschermd moeten worden, dus alleen maar omdat een minderheid in de knel zou komen, wil nog niet zeggen dat we niet verplicht zijn om iets te doen.