Photographer's Note

We like Santa's festivities, but many of us have forgotten or never known that the full name of Santa comes from Santa Claus, or Saint Nicolas. Here is what Wikipedia sais:

"Father Christmas is also present instead of "Santa" in Afghanistan ("Baba Chaghaloo"), Albania ("Babadimri"), Armenia ("Gaghant Baba"), Brazil ("Papai Noel"), Bulgaria ("Dyado Koleda"), Chile (Viejo Pascuero), Denmark ("Julemanden"), Egypt ("Papa Nol"), Finland ("Joulupukki"), France and French Canada ("le Pre Nol"), Germany ("Weihnachtsmann" or "Nikolaus"),Greece "Άγιος Βασίλης-Άyos Vaslis" Hungary ("Mikuls"), Iran ("Baba Noel"), Ireland ("Daid na Nollaig"), Italy ("Babbo Natale"), Lithuania ("Kalėdų Senelis"), Malta ("San Niklaw"), Mexico ("El Niito Dios"), Norway ("Julenissen"), Poland ("Święty Mikołaj"), Portugal ("Pai Natal"), Romania ("Moş Crăciun"), Russia ("Ded Moroz"), Scottish Highlands ("Daidan na Nollaig"), Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina ("Deda Mraz"), South Africa ("Vader Kersfees"), Spain and some of Spanish-speaking Latin America ("Pap Noel" or "San Nicols" ), Sweden ("Jultomten"), Turkey ("Noel Baba"), and the United Kingdom ("Father Christmas")."

Now let's return to the original hero St.Nikolas on which name is this guilded Russian church from Sofia downtown. I imagine that it was named so in 1913 in honor of the last Russian king Nikolai who was killed soon after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution (October Revolution).

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Additional Photos by Anton Lefterov (edal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1105 W: 96 N: 1988] (6804)
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