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Nicholas, St

     
Nicholas, St
a Christian bishop (=high-ranking priest) who lived in western Asia in the 4th century AD. He became connected with the custom of giving gifts to children either at Christmas (=in countries such as the UK and the US), or on the night before his saint's day (December 6th) (=in some countries, such as the Netherlands). The imaginary character Santa Claus is based on stories about him. He is also the patron saint of Russia.

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