I was so startled to see the headline Archaeologists May Have Discovered the Ancient Tomb of Santa Claus that I had to read further. I was immediately struck, not only with the academic interest of where the remains of the original St. Nick may rest, but with the dichotomy of the depth of my fondness for the Spirit of Santa Claus; the fun, festivity and generosity that have accrued around this pink cheeked, jolly image. While I know that the idea of Santa Claus grew from the memory of a generous man who once lived…the idea that he actually died and might be found…well, I admit to feeling suddenly like a little child who just discovered that Santa Claus was not “real.”
But there it was…an article saying that a possible burial place is on the edge of being discovered under a church in Turkey, where the original St. Nicholas was born. Apparently, previous reports suggested that his remains had been relocated to an Italian city, but subsequently that was determined not to be the case.
The current excavation continues slowly, according to the article, as they have to carefully remove mosaics on the church floor as they work their way towards the buried tomb, which was discovered while conducting digital surveys below the surface of the church.
Here is some more insight into the journey from a Christian bishop in a small town in Turkey to worldwide phenomenon of gift giving, enjoy the link below.
Have a great week!