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New! Christmas Card – St. Nicholas The Original Santa Claus – folds to 5x7" – With Envelope – 1 / 10 / 50 / 100

New! Christmas Card – St. Nicholas The Original Santa Claus – folds to 5x7" – With Envelope – 1 / 10 / 50 / 100

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The original Santa Claus is St. Nicholas. Santa means Saint, and Claus is a short version of Nicholas. He was a 4th Century bishop in Asia Minor (Turkey), known for his kindness and generosity. Reportedly, he helped three sisters who were so poor they couldn't get married because they had no dowery. St. Nicholas threw three bags of gold, or apples of gold, into the window of their house-or some say down their chimney. That's where the idea of Santa traveling down chimneys comes from.

It was the giving of gifts-along with his Feast Day being in December-that allowed his story to transform into the red-suited Saint (Santa) Claus we now associate with Christmas. He died December 6, 343 AD, and his Feast Day is widely celebrated as a holiday in its own right. He is one of the Patron Saints of children. A fragment of a bone from his shrine has been carbon-dated to precisely his 4th Century.

This lovely Victorian picture was made by Heinrich Leflter, an Austrian Catholic primarily known as a set-designer, but also the artist of many beautiful Art Nouveau illustrations. (sources: and We put the story of St. Nicholas on the back of the car in our ongoing effort to help people draw closer to Christ.

Sorry our photos are a little dark. In real life, the card looks like the digital image showing the front and back at the same time.

Blank on the inside.

Also available as a print in our shop at

- 5x7", folded down from10x7".
- Comes with white envelopes
- Matt finish
- Blank inside
- Gorgeous, classy card for Christmas or any occasion!

Thanks for your interest in our Catholic art!

Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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