He was known for doing good. He would find out who was in need and, during the night, he would secretly visit the family and deposit gifts of money and food.

Often, he would get up on the roof and drop the gifts down the chimney. He was especially kind to needy children. This aspect of St Nicholas’ life is the basis of Santa Claus/Father Christmas

The spirit of kind and loving giving that characterised St Nicholas’ ministry, as a compassionate bishop, is honoured in the Christmas traditions of Santa Claus and the giving of presents - especially to children.

His feast day is celebrated on December 6th