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In the most popular medieval version of his story, [Saint] Nicholas is credited with bringing three children back from the dead who had been decapitated and pickled in a brine tub by a malevolent innkeeper. This is how you most often see Nicholas, standing over what looks like a bathtub with three naked children in it (see image above left). Ah, the Christmas we could have had, if the people at Coke and Hallmark had been medievalists: naked children and bathtubs everywhere–Santa coming up through the drain, leaving presents in our soap dishes if we’re nice (and pickles if we’re naughty), then departing on his bathmat drawn by three flying naked kids.
"December Saints Calendar" from Got Medieval
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