Saint Nicholas was a Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia now in Turkey in the 4th century. He was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes. By the legend of the bishop, Mikulás brings gifts to the homes of the good children on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day). While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop’s robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots.
The modern version of his legend is totally different from his origins, but his pure heart remained the same at least, with the presents he gives to the children. In Hungary he comes at night from December 5 to December 6 and puts his gifts into the children’s clean boots standing in the windows. He often gives chocolate, tangerine or orange, nuts and peanuts. He has helpmate: the bogy man (called Krampusz), who looks like a black devil and gives birch wand to the bad children.