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By Genevieve Shuey
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St. Nicholas talks with kids


December 11, 2019

Genevieve Shuey

HERE YOU GO: St. Nicholas (Jonathan Lewis) distributes treats to kids at the Orthodox Mission observance of St. Nicholas' feast day.

Saints Joachim and Anna Orthodox Mission on Main Street in Goldendale celebrated Saint Nicholas' feast day on Thursday night. The legend of Santa Claus was loosely based on the life of Saint Nicholas, and his feast day is the traditional start of the Advent season.

After a holiday potluck, children were read the story of "The Three Impoverished Maidens" along with other Christmas stories before receiving treats from Saint Nicholas, played by Jonathan Lewis. Upon leaving, kids were surprised to find their shoes filled with traditional gifts as well.

Christmas service times are posted on the mission door, and visitors are welcome.


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