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In 2009 when I was in Turkey I went on a boat trip calling at a small island off the south east coast called Gemiler, scientists and archeologists are sure that  one of the four ruined churches on the island was the original burial place of Saint Nicholas the bishop of Myra. His good deeds are legendary and its him who is the original Father Christmas.

 

A little girl approached her mother and said to her one day "Santa Claus is not real, that's what all my friends say" Her tears began to well up and she started to cry And said "Mommy, Is Santa Claus real or is he a lie ?". Her mom was taken aback that she'd been put to the test And thought telling her the truth would be for the best She thought for a few moments and chose her words carefully And then said. "Santa's spirit is real, it's as real as can be". "He lived in a place called Myra close by the Aegean sea That once was part of Greece, but is now in Turkey He departed his earthly life a very long time ago But certainly not his spirit and that continues to grow". "His name was Bishop Nicholas and he wore robes of red Was wealthy and helped the poor making sure they were fed And he did things in secret, whilst they slept in their bed Word soon got around, about the caring bishop in red". "Something else about him that many people don't know Was that he came from a hot country and it didn't snow. But the story grew bigger and bigger over the years With snow, elves and sleigh added, along with reindeers". "All over the world, all the little girls and boys Wake up early on Christmas morning to lots of new toys And then everyone says that Santa Claus has been Presents are left under the tree, but he's never seen". "But it's the parents that leave the presents under the tree And Saint Nicholas guides them with his legacy They do it for you out of sheer kindness and love Under the watchful eyes of Saint Nicholas from high above". "He's the patron Saint of children, poets and glasssmakers Along with sailors, brides, prisoners and shopkeepers There are many more attributed to him, the bishop in red Because of the compassionate lifestyle that he led". "And his caring spirit is alive, it's certainly not dead The world is full of good people like the bishop in red All doing good for the less fortunate and animals as well So when you next see your friends, this story do tell". The little girl cheered up then kissed her mom and said "I too want to be like Saint Nicholas the bishop in red" And when I grow up, like the bishop I will try to be By helping those who are less fortunate and worse off than me". Be like Bishop Nicholas who performed those good deeds. Helping the less fortunate, seeing to their needs So when you go out try and help, the less fortunate in some way And not just at Christmas but throughout the year every day. (I wrote this poem back in 2017 and have given it an overhaul and added another stanza.) Written 13th December 2017 Updated on 18th December 2021.

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Date: 1/11/2022 12:28:00 PM
What a wonderful tale of the real St. Nicholas, Tom. I couldn't wait to get to the next line. I now know where it all began. Thank you for sharing your story. Always interesting and always enjoyed. Sandy
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Date: 1/11/2022 12:35:00 PM
Thank you very much Sandy, It was quite an honour to actually stand on that Island where he was buried. His spirit certainly lives on. Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 1/9/2022 1:03:00 PM
Congratulations on your poem placing in best new poems, I love it. I remember hearing that Santa wasn't real in second or third grade, I was thrown for a loop. My big sister explained to me that he was a real and very devout man. She said St Nicholas was doing good for others and that is what Jesus wants us to do, it is like giving gifts to God when we are kind to others, we get to carry on the tradition of kindness and love. That cheered me up so much. I love your poem. Happy 2022!
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Date: 1/9/2022 2:46:00 PM
Thank you very much BJ, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it , I too remember finding out and I was shocked to say the least, but you're right Santa is based on a real person who was carrying out God's work helping the less fortunate with kind deeds. If everyone was that way inclined what a wonderful world it would be and an act of kindness costs us nothing but can brighten someone's day. I too wish you a very happy and healthy New year. Tom
Date: 1/2/2022 11:51:00 PM
What a beautiful tale, must have been a Greek Archbishop in those years as the Greeks celebrate St Nicholas every Christmas not only because it's Christmas but because many Greeks are named Nicholas or Nicola. For interests sake my Greek gran's brother was the Archipishop of the Greek Orthodox Church in the 1930's and more - have a photo of him they are re-baptised with a religious name it is on the back of his photo my mom had, another poem. A great 2022 to you and yours Tom. Blessings Jenn
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Date: 1/3/2022 12:16:00 AM
Thank you very much Jennifer, at the time that part of Turkey was part of Greece. It was an honour to see the island where he was originally buried. Interesting about your grans brother. I hope you too have a very happy and healthy New year. Tom
Date: 12/23/2021 3:01:00 PM
Phantastic Pangie and Family
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Date: 12/24/2021 1:08:00 AM
Thank you very much Pangie, im happy you all enjoyed it. Merry Christmas Tom
Date: 12/23/2021 4:57:00 AM
Great write, Tom. Always a lesson to be learned in your narratives! Hope all is well. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year! Charlie
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Date: 12/23/2021 5:20:00 AM
Thank you very much Charlie, and I wish you and your family the same. Tom
Date: 12/23/2021 4:26:00 AM
Dear Tom, sending you seasonal greetings filled with love and serenity. Kindest regards...Love & Hugs Delice
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Date: 12/23/2021 5:16:00 AM
Thank you Delice.
Date: 12/23/2021 3:19:00 AM
Dear Tom, I love learning through your poetry.....Delice
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Date: 12/23/2021 3:43:00 AM
Thank you very much Delice, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. Tom
Date: 12/22/2021 1:26:00 PM
Another captivating lecture, my dearest friend, Tom! Congratulations. God bless you!
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Date: 12/22/2021 1:42:00 PM
Thank you very much Demetrios, im pleased you enjoyed it.. Tom
Date: 12/22/2021 12:17:00 PM
You dig deep in history to offer your reader a great story of kindness and generosity we all learn from regardless age.. A valuable story that is in tune with the spirit of Christmas.. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Tom! A great joy reading your wonderful poetry! My deepest regards and blessings.
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Date: 12/22/2021 1:41:00 PM
Thank you very much Besma, im pleased that you enjoyed it. I hope that you are keeping safe and well. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 4:34:00 PM
Hello Tom ... not only for the gift of giving, but Santa Claus is very real for the happiness and good will that these times when our world could do with a lot more. A very apt Christmas story Tom, all centred in a positive light - thanks again Tom - Lindsay
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Date: 12/22/2021 2:43:00 AM
Thank you very much Lindsay, there are some wonderful people about just like him and it costs nothing. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 2:51:00 PM
You could not have chosen a better topic for this time of year, Tom. Your narrative is ideal for all ages. ~ I take this opportunity to wish you a happy & blessed Christmas, my friend. // paul
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Date: 12/21/2021 3:04:00 PM
Thank you very much Paul ,and I wish you the same and a happy and healthy new year. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 12:48:00 PM
what a great poetic way to tell the origins of Santa in the history of Nicholas. WELL done, Tom!!
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Date: 12/21/2021 3:02:00 PM
Thank you Andrea, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 8:12:00 AM
You are a great historian. You have a vast knowledge facts, stories and history. This is one of your research-filled story in poem just like many other of your poems.
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Date: 12/21/2021 8:15:00 AM
Thank you very much Christuraj, I'm happy you enjoyed it. Hope you're keeping well. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 3:36:00 AM
- A fabulous story for both adults and children, Tom - I wish you a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 12/21/2021 4:12:00 AM
Thank you very much Anne, im pleased that you enjoyed it. I too wish you a very happy Christmas and good health in 2022. Tom
Date: 12/21/2021 1:25:00 AM
Tom I absolutely love this and am adding it to my favorites. What a wonderful way to explain Santa Claus to the children. \ Love it. God Bless and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. JB
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Date: 12/21/2021 1:43:00 AM
Thank you very much Judy, im pleased that you enjoyed it and thank you for the fave. I too hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year Hope you're well. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 7:51:00 PM
You are a weaver of tales....Tom ! Children would love to hear this story ! Enjoyed the story of the Bishop in red robes and the great message it imparts :)
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Date: 12/21/2021 1:44:00 AM
Thank you very much Valsa, I'm happy that you enjoyed it. Enjoy your day. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 7:03:00 PM
It WoW! Tom, You are such a gifted storyteller. One of the best here on SoupVille Lane. I’m so glad you reposted this and added another stanza. I like the mother’s answer to the young child. Please write about a book, I will get one for sure. Excellent job. Have a wonderful evening:-) Alexis
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Date: 12/20/2021 7:09:00 PM
Thank you very much for your lovely compliment Alexis, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. It's something I've been thinking about recently. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 7:03:00 PM
My good friend, I agree with Eve- your work is amazing! And yes, helping otherws is not only a blessing given unto tem but is one that rebounds back to the giver, oft many times over! You are a true story teller, and this one my son read with me. He said, dad its great! A fine fav...God bless..
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Date: 12/20/2021 7:07:00 PM
Thank you very much Robert, im happy that you both enjoyed it. Thanks too for the fave. Merry Christmas. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 6:49:00 PM
Your work is amazing, Tom. I go back to some and polish them up.. I am learning every day. Lucy had inspired me to write so my baby steps got better through the past 7 years.
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Date: 12/20/2021 6:56:00 PM
Thank you very much Eve, im pleased that you enjoyed it. I often revisit old poems and I thought I'd give this one another airing being close to Christmas. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 5:24:00 PM
Your poetry is 'Epic' Tom, love to see all these in a book. Happy Christmas to you and family. Harry
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Date: 12/20/2021 6:55:00 PM
Thank you very much Harry, im pleased that you enjoyed it. And I wish you and your family the same. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 12:43:00 PM
A beautiful poem and storytelling Tom, amazingly in contrast to Bishop Antonio Stagliano in Italy who told the children Santa does not exist and wears his red outfit to advertise for Coca-Cola, the Vatican has apologised for his remarks, I mean come on the real magic only exists whilst children believe, sorry for digressing, you certainly gave this one a wonderful upgrade and overhaul, cheers David
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Date: 12/20/2021 2:17:00 PM
Thank you very much David, yes I read about that, what a killjoy, I mean kids for goodness sake, I know they find out eventually but the excitement for them has now been destroyed. I remember a school friend told me I was devastated. He emigrated to Australia, punishment for bursting my santa bubble lol. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 10:25:00 AM
This should be widely distributed in elementary schools! Well done, Tom!
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Date: 12/20/2021 10:28:00 AM
Thank you very much Rico, im happy you enjoyed it. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 5:02:00 AM
Yet another phenomenal write, Tom, from your brilliant pen. You rock with imagination and spin wonderful stories that entertain. I liked the essence of your message, as well.
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Date: 12/20/2021 5:07:00 AM
Thank you very much Vijay, im happy you enjoyed it. Back in 2009 when I visited the island never thought for a moment that one day I'd write a poem about him. Back then poetry was something poets wrote. Tom
Date: 12/20/2021 3:01:00 AM
I know the story of St. Nicholas very well. You wrote a great poem about him. Your narrative abilities always astound me.
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Date: 12/20/2021 3:07:00 AM
Thank you very much Victor, im happy that you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas to you. Tom
Date: 12/19/2021 8:47:00 PM
I’m always in awe of your narrating ability. Great write, Tom.
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Date: 12/20/2021 3:08:00 AM
Thank you very much Lin, I'm pleased that you enjoyed it. Enjoy the day. Tom
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