The time is upon us for the Czech Center Museum Houston’s annual St. Nicholas Celebration. This year the festivities will be held this Friday, December 4 with a Free Family Children’s Hour from 6:30-7:30 and dinner and entertainment following. Tickets to the dinner portion of the evening are $50 per guest, to be paid in advance. You may RSVP to Valerie at 713-528-2060, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at http://www.czechcenter.org/calendar/calendar.asp. We hope to see you here!
The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time, the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.
Obeying Jesus’ words to ‘sell what you own and give the money to the poor,’ Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man.
Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.
Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. He was released later, died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church. The anniversary of his death became a day of celebration, St. Nicholas Day. St. Nicholas is patron saint of sailors and protector of children and ferrymen.
We look forward to seeing you here!