Merry St. Nicholas Day!

by Mark Krikorian

Today’s the feast day of St. Nicholas, the fourth-century bishop of Myra (renamed Demre by the invaders), who is the inspiration for our Santa Claus. Hilariously, the local Turk authorities, whose ancestors murdered or enslaved the Greek St. Nicholas’s people (and murdered or drove out the few that remained in the country during pogroms in 1955) now are insisting they get back the saint’s remains (Italian sailors rescued his relics from the Seljuks in 1087). How about this? They transfer Hagia Sophia back to its rightful owners, and then they can have Nicholas’s remains back.

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