Another story tells of three students, traveling on their way to study in Athens. A wicked innkeeper robbed and murdered them. It so happened that Bishop Nicholas, traveling along the same route, stopped at this very inn. In the night he dreamed of the crime, got up, and summoned the innkeeper. As Nicholas prayed earnestly to God the three boys were restored to life and wholeness. And so, St. Nicholas is the patron and protector of children.
Through the centuries St. Nicholas has continued to be venerated by Catholics and Orthodox and honored by Protestants. By his example of generosity to those in need, especially children, St. Nicholas continues to be a model for the compassionate life.
Father Nicholas, your life is a standard of faith and an example of kindness,
you gained greatness through humility, and spiritual riches through poverty.
Beg the Christ-God to save us! (Tropar of the Feast)
There are several flowers for the month of December: Holly, Pointsettia and Narcissus. Hollies represent a desire for a happy home, Pointsettias stand for good cheer, and Narcissus signify modesty and faithfulness.