Episode 1

Santa Claus, Part 1

November 15, 2016

We’re kicking off the 2016 season with a three-part series about how St. Nicholas became Santa Claus. Most of the episodes this season are for the whole family, but this series is for grownups only, for obvious reasons.

If you think you know St. Nicholas, you may be in for a few surprises when you hear this episode. Did you know, for example….

  • Legend says he resurrected three boys who were butchered to death by an evil innkeeper
  • He is said to have cold-cocked a fellow theologian during a heated debate
  • He is the patron saint of pawnbrokers
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A depiction of St. Nicholas resurrecting three murdered boys

You’ll hear that and much, much more in this episode. I’m joined by Bruce David Forbes, a professor of religious studies and the author of the wonderful book, Christmas: A Candid History.

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A great book about Christmas History. Author Bruce David Forbes appears in all episodes in this series

Music in this episode

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