In October, tragic news came to light when archeaologists in Turkey believed that they have found the bones of St Nicholas under the church named after him in Demre, Turkey. Tragic because, well, is Santa has been dead for so long, we’ve all been lied to for all these years.
Archaeologists discovered the secretive tomb during electronic surveys which appeared to show a gap beneath the church and the base. The head of Antalya’s Monument Authority, Cemil Karabayram, told Turkish media outlet Hurriyet Daily News: “We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor.”
St Nicholas was a bishop from the fourth century who lived in Myra, Asia Minor – now known as Turkey. He was born to a rich family, but his parents died when he was young and he inherited all their money. He was generous and gave his money to the poor and in the form of secret gifts to those in needs.
Legend says that he used to drop money down chimneys (much like nowadays) and on one occasion the coins landed in the stocking of a woman who was drying it by the fire.
Of course, we all know that Santa is still alive so the archaeologists are wasting money and time, really.
Moo and I wish all of you, your families and your pets all the best this festive period.