My name is Marin and I’m a catholic from Croatia and I’m confused with american way of interpreting St. Nicholas. I’ve been reading forums, sites and articles about connection of these two gift-givers and some are writing that St.Nick and Santa Clause are the same guy.
But I pounce on this article catholicculture.org/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=210 where is written that they are not the same.
And on the St.Nick page I found the article where is written: …“St. Nicholas and Santa Claus are the same person, but many people don’t realize that. They are one in the same, but they look different because they are at different points in his posthumous evolution.”
Why then the Catholics in USA “celebrate” St. Nick and Santa Clause if they are the same?
How can you explain to me what’s the difference between two jolly gift-givers?
My opinion is that they are totally different persons. One is Catholic Saint, and other is protestant-jewish connection with Christmas.