IT IS DECEMBER AND THAT MEANS THAT IT IS BY DEFINITION THE MONTH OF CELEBRATIONS. REGARDLESS THE FACT CHRISTMAS IS A CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY, IT IS CELEBRATED PRETTY MUCH WORLDWIDE AND ALLOWS FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS OFF FOR EVERYBODY. I GUESS THIS IS ONE RELIGIOUS ELEMENT NOBODY IS COMPLAINING ABOUT.
Christmas is also the time when people buy presents for each other, are nice to each other, cook delicious meals and share with each other. In other words, a period of warmth and generosity. And for some it doesn’t stop there. Or better said, begin there. Because in a handful of countries they also celebrate Saint Nicolas.
Nikolaos of Myra was born on March 15 in the year 270 and grew up to become Bishop of Myra. Born at Patara, Lycia in Asia Minor – now Turkey – Nikolaos started making pilgrimages at very young age already, which brought him to the areas of Egypt and Palestine. All together nothing really exceptional for the only son of a wealthy Greek family living in the Roman Empire. Except, Nikolaos was nothing but exceptional. Very religious as he was, he devoted his life to the well being of others and it is said that during his travels he has done many miracles. One of them was the resurrection of three small boys that were killed by a malicious butcher in order to sell them as ham during a time of terrible famine. Hard to believe but then again there have been more resurrections according to the Holy Script, so why not.
Fact is, Nikolaos was a generous man who had a reputation of secretly giving small presents to children, making their mostly miserable lives just a little bit better. Because of this and the miracles he attributed to his intercession, he became known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker, and, long after his death, Saint Nicholas. And in that role he still plays a part in our current lives. In certain countries, such as the Netherlands, his death anniversary – December 5 - is celebrated by present giving. Traditionally an event for children, adults celebrate it as well, making the Saint Nicholas celebration almost a second Christmas in December. And so we decided, together with photographer Gert Kist, to keep the tradition alive.
Freddie is a 23 years old Venezuelan who visited the Netherlands last summer. The reason for his visit is the fact he has a Dutch girlfriend, but let’s not talk about that. Fact is that his good looks didn’t go by unnoticed and while staying in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, he got in contact with a photographer who, in his turn, made Freddie meet Gert Kist. End of story with the visual result displayed here today. We thought this would make a nice Saint Nicholas present for all of you, even if you are not familiar celebrating it. More over, it is a nice warm up for Christmas because, talking about traditions, Christmas will bring us more eye candy from Gert Kist. –BM-
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