Which one's Nick?

By Jonathan Bartley
December 4, 2009

I hear from Citizens for Sancuary that fresh from his outing to Yarl's Wood Detention Centre today where he caused a bit of a stir, St Nick will be hanging out with the Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow (Saturday) after The Wave.

St Nick at Yarl's WoodHe will be parading through the streets of Canterbury with Rowan Williams which will no doubt be a lot quieter than his attempt to deliver presents to detained children, during which the police were called.

The outings are supported by the St Nicholas Society which exists to increase interest, learning, and appreciation of the tradition of St Nicholas, whose festival falls on December 6th. St Nicholas of Myra is the patron saint of children and the imprisoned today, He is also the inspiration for the modern day Father Christmas. St Nicholas has previously brought joy to children across the world, including in the USA and Palestine.

However, although it might not be as raucous I still have some concerns about tomorrow's outing with the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Rowan and CharisLast year my eldest daugher Charis went to help dress the Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Tree at Lambeth Palace. She had a great time, and a photo was taken to remember the event. However, when her four year old sister saw the picture it solicited the question: "What is Charis doing with Father Christmas?"

I think that tomorrow there may be a few cases of mistaken identity, with not everyone entirely sure which one is St Nick.

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