Today we remember St. Nicholas who died December 6, in the year 343, and, through the developing legend, became our modern-day Santa Claus. Traditionally, the church blesses candy canes on this day. (They look like a bishop's crook!)
Here's a little something about Nicholas:
Saint Nicholas was renowned for his great kindness and his generous aid to those in distress. Among the kind and miraculous acts attributed to him are saving three young girls from prostitution by secretly providing them with dowries, raising three murdered boys from the dead, and saving sailors caught in stormy seas. For these reasons, he is considered the patron saint of children, unmarried girls, and sailors, among others.