St. Nicholas the Wonder Worker On dark and cozy December nights, gather to read and savor the stories of the man who eventually became Santa Claus. Meet an extraordinary boy named Nicholas, born in Turkey in the fourth century. Savor the stories of his adventurous life. Then learn how his spirit lived on after him, in legends, customs and miracles in many parts of the world for centuries. The belief in the spirit of Nicholas is so strong that we still remember and love this man, who lived his life bringing justice and joy to many people.