Is Saint Nicholas merely legend?
This question comes up every December around the world, among young and old.
What is the answer?
It’s easy for us to think, Yes, Saint Nicholas may or may not have been a Catholic bishop in the 3rd or 4th century. We don’t have any factual data, however, about the real man (if there was one).
On the contrary, Wikipedia provides us with a wealth of historical data, artwork down through the ages, where his skeleton resides (two locations in Europe), who has forensically examined it (and used DNA to prove both sets of bones are from the same man), hundreds of ancient churches named after him, etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas
Thanks to Liverpool University’s Face Lab, the BBC, et al., we also have a facial reconstruction that shows his countenance in detail, including a nose that had been badly broken and veered well to the right, etc. Amazing! http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-30354994