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photoblog image St. Nicholas may spoil you with some sweets today

St. Nicholas may spoil you with some sweets today

 

seen in Münster at a corner of a street in the centre of the old city

 

"Nicholas heard of a devout man who once had been wealthy, but had lost all his money due to the "plotting and envy of Satan." The man had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, be forced to become prostitutes. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but, being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw a purse filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. He did the same thing the next two nights, giving the man a total of three bags of gold, one for each of his three daughters."

 

St. Nicholas may spoil you with some sweets today

 

seen in Münster at a corner of a street in the centre of the old city

 

"Nicholas heard of a devout man who once had been wealthy, but had lost all his money due to the "plotting and envy of Satan." The man had three daughters, but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment, be forced to become prostitutes. Hearing of the girls' plight, Nicholas decided to help them, but, being too modest to help the family in public (or to save them the humiliation of accepting charity), he went to the house under the cover of night and threw a purse filled with gold coins through the window opening into the house. He did the same thing the next two nights, giving the man a total of three bags of gold, one for each of his three daughters."

 

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2019, 02:57
This is a wonderful presentation, Philine.
I like his face. Thank you, Philine!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2019, 06:14
I rather like St. Nicholas, Philine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2019, 06:32
Good old St Nicholas, a man of infinite charity

I suspect he's got more goodies underneath that cavernous hat too..
Une histoire qui finit bien !
What a lovely and humble story about Nicholas to explain this statue, Philine. I'll never forget it.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2019, 06:56
I like your presentation, Philine and a wonderful story of St. Nicholas. I think Sinterklaas was very generous again.....
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Dec 2019, 07:31
Well done St. Nicholas. Hs three bags have been rubbed by passers-by over the years. Yes, some people are too proud to accept charity but there are a few that expect to be given help.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 6 Dec 2019, 08:50
What a kind man, and I remember the giving of sweets tradition which we do not have.
I really like the effect of people touching and rubbing certain parts of a sculpture. Here his nose and balls have had a good rubbing. smile
What a lovely story Philine
St. Nicholas seemed to be a very generous man.
A nice story Philine, well presented.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Dec 2019, 20:01
Sint Niklaas the gracious giver. Another story I heard many years ago, was that he got stranded during a storm on the Spanish coast. A poor family rescued and helped him, almost beyond their means. Years later when he was a bishop he visited the family, bearing great gifts. This story is tied to the start of the Sinterklaas tradition in the Netherlands.

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