Today is the feast day of St. Nicholas, and since he has such a big role in standard Christmas celebrations, I thought it would be nice to write about him.
The real Santa Claus
Brings a gift better than toys -
The gospel of Christ
I also came up with a "bonus haiku," but it requires a little historical background. During the Council of Nicea, at one point St. Nicholas lost his temper and punched Arius, who was arguing that Jesus was not really God.
Good St. Nicholas
Comes to bring nice children gifts
And smack heretics
John the Baptist appears in all four Gospel accounts, which makes me think he is more important than we give him credit for. For the first week of advent, I'm focusing on prophecy, and since John is the last prophet before the Messiah, I wanted to give him a place.
Born of old woman,
Old Covenant's last prophet
Makes way for the New.