Well we are up to door 19 and when you open it be prepared to be entertained. And to sing along with the entertainers! Soon to come after the CHRISTMAS CAROLERS is the Magician, who does double duty as he greets you at the front gate! I hope I can get him to pose for some pictures! When I do I'll include them here! Well he got me to do some publicity shots so he allowed me to post 3 here BUT the deal was he wanted his own MOC, he's a bit of an egoist1 so keep posted and you'll see him when you least expect it in his own MOC! I keep my promises! I loved doing this one because I finally made the speaker system ACTUALLY relate to the microphone - not I have the electrical cord attached to the stage! but for some at SANTA'S North Pole VILLAGE it's not all play...open door number 18 to see why! By the way take a good look at the map there are two new entries! ...and by the way: "HAPPY SAINT NICHOLAS DAY" today is the feast of St. Nick (my saint) His picture is at the end of this MOC!
About this creation
THE STORY OF SAINT NICHOLAS:
Saint Nicholas (Greek: Ἅγιος Νικόλαος, Hagios Nikólaos, Latin: Sanctus Nicolaus, Bulgarian: Св. Николай); (15 March 270 – 6 December 343), also called Nikolaos of Myra, was a historic 4th-century saint and Greek Bishop of Myra (Demre, part of modern-day Turkey) in Lycia. Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nikolaos the Wonderworker.
He had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus, whose modern name comes from the Dutch Sinterklaas, itself from a series of elisions and corruptions of the transliteration of "Saint Nikolaos". His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saint.
In 1087, part of the relics (about half of the bones) were furtively translated to Bari, in southeastern Italy; for this reason, he is also known as Nikolaos of Bari. The remaining bones were taken to Venice in 1100. His feast day is the 6th of December.
NOTE: A name day is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America that consists of celebrating the day of the year associated with one's given name.
The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints: believers named after a saint would celebrate that saint's feast day. In many countries, however, there is no longer any explicit connection to Christianity. It remains more popular in the Catholic and Orthodox parts of Europe, as Protestant churches generally do not venerate saints.
The concept of name days is similar to the more common birthday, and is celebrated just like a birthday with presents! This is a common practice in Europe. so for me Today is just as important as my birthday sine SAINT NICHOLAS is my Patron Saint!
NOTE #2: The veneration and recognition of patron saints or saints in general is found in Eastern Orthodoxy, Oriental Orthodoxy, Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Catholicism.
The historical Saint Nicholas is commemorated and revered among Anglican, Catholic, Lutheran, and Orthodox Christians. In addition, some Baptist, Methodist,Presbyterian, and Reformed churches have been named in honor of Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, thieves, children, pawnbrokers and students in various cities and countries around Europe. He was also a patron of the Varangian Guard of the Byzantine emperors, who protected his relics in Bari.
Nicholas was born a Greek in Asia Minor during the third century in the city of Patara (Lycia et Pamphylia),which was a port on the Mediterranean Sea, and lived in Myra, Lycia (part of modern-day Demre, Turkey), at a time when the region was Greek in its heritage, culture, and outlook and politically part of the Roman diocese of Asia. He was the only son of wealthy Christian parents named Epiphanius (Ἐπιφάνιος) and Johanna (Ἰωάννα).
In 325, he was one of many bishops to answer the request of Constantine and appear at the First Council of Nicaea. There, Nicolas was a staunch anti-Arian and defender of the Orthodox Christian position, and one of the bishops who signed the Nicene Creed.
He is the Patron Saint of: Children, cooper smiths, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, repentant thieves, pharmacists, archers, pawnbrokers, transportation brokers.
Quoting cyberfrank 2010
I love the speaker look, and the idea of adding a cape, you ll notice that you have no comment on the pieces that have no customers, it s funny how your comments reflect the creation, xd.
Again another re photo session! TY for the idea! Hey, what does xd mean?