Tomorrow, December 6 is Saint Nicholas day in our calendar and I must confess to having portrayed the old gentleman on many occasions. A dear friend in Dallas is a costume designer and very kindly created a beautiful Saint Nicholas cope and miter for me over a dozen years ago and I put it to good use every year.
What I really like to do is appear in church as if a visiting bishop and tell the children just who I (St Nicholas) am, and how I came to be known in this country as Santa Claus. It is a good story and as I explain about Santa I remove the cope and switch to a Santa hat. It makes a nice connection from the historical Bishop Nicholas to the now rather secular Santa Claus. The kids love it because I end up giving them candy.