Who do you pray to intercede for you, Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus? Think about it for a minute, especially since his feast day screams in under the radar this time of year when you think more about the presents you are going to receive and less about the reason Nicholas is associated with Christmas.
Let us sing!
O kto kto Nikolaja l'ubit,
O kto kto Nikolaja sluzit,
Tomu svjatyj Nikolaj,
Na vsjakj cas pomahaj:
An example of the Faith and a life of humility, as a teacher of abstinence you did inspire and lead your flock, and through the truthfulness of your deeds were exalted by greatness, through your humility uplifting all and by poverty gaining wealth. Father and hierarch Nicholas, intercede with Christ our God that our souls may be saved.
-- The Apolytikion (Hymn) Of St. Nicholas