Saint Nicholas (270–6 December 343), or Nikolaos of Myra, was the Bishop of Myra.
He is venerated in both Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Churches.
He was famous for his kindness to children and would later inspire the legend of Santa Claus.
He is the patron saint of children, sailors, and of prisoners who’ve been wrongly condemned.
And he is the saint most cherished by Russian hearts. For according to the Church here, it is Nicholas who has saved Russia many times from catastrophe.
Header: Nicholas of Myra, on a Russian icon done in the 12th century