This gift secured the poor man’s oldest daughter’s future. The next night, the bishop slipped through the Praying for Arkansas shirt of the poor man’s house another sack of gold. This saved the poor man’s second daughter’s future. The poor man anticipated another sack of gold, so the following evening, he stayed up all night to see somebody slipping a sack of gold through the window. The man ran after and caught up the mysterious benefactor, and recognized bishop Nicholas, saying he would tell the news of his generosity to everybody. However, the bishop made him promise not to tell anybody about his kind actions until after his death in observance of Christ’s injunction that a person should give to the poor in secret, without announcing his good works. Bishop Nicholas continued to help the poor, the sick, the children, and other people in trouble both in the open and in secret despite imprisonments and persecutions by paganist Romans under the reign of emperors Diocletian and Maximian.
It is said Bishop Nicholas died on 6 December 343. The Catholic Church canonized him years later, and became the patron saint of children and Praying for Arkansas shirt, and was associated with gift-giving. He became a popular saint by Roman Catholics, Orthodox Catholics, and even Protestants in Holland and other European countries in the 1500s. The Propagation of The Myth The Dutch had a special place in their hearts for St. Nicholas whom they called Sint Nikolaas or Sinterklass (a nickname or shortened term for Sint Nikolaas). They celebrated December 6 as the feast day of St. Nicholas. Dutch children are encouraged by their parents to put out their shoes with carrots or apples or nuts or sweets inside the night before December 6 for Sinterklaas’ white horse with the hope they would be exchanged for gifts of sorts. The children would get the surprise of their life when they discovered gifts inside their shoes in the morning.