St. Nicholas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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For over 30 years, St. Nicholas – as played by Dick Livermore – has been visiting Trinity Church on the Sunday closest to his feast day (Dec. 6) and telling the assembled children a tale about gold coins appearing in the shoes of good little boys and girls.

The true tale of the Bishop of Myra, who served in a provincial capital of Asia Minor, is murkier. According to Robert Ellsberg in his book All Saints: “The most curious development in the cult of St. Nicholas has been the amalgamation of this fourth-century bishop with the features of a Scandinavian elf. The transformation of St. Nicholas into Santa Claus has been traced to Dutch Protestants living in New Amsterdam. As the story made it its way back to England the familiar features of Father Christmas gradually took shape until he had achieved his eventual iconographic status.”

True to legend, St. Nicholas’s visit today was accompanied by a basket full of gold coins (foil-wrapped chocolates) that were left in the shoes the Trinity kids put outside their Sunday School classrooms.

Photo by Linda Hubbard (c) 2017

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Spotted: Yes, that’s St. Nicholas at Trinity Church in Menlo Park

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Trinity Church in Menlo Park must be feeling especially blessed as it’s the place St. Nicholas, as played by Dick Livermore, visits each year. For over three decades, he’s been making an annual appearance, visiting with the children and handing out “gold coins” from his basket. The historic 4th-century Christian saint and Greek Bishop of Myra, […]

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