Like Saint Nick..Catholic Church has tens of thousands of Saints, which many represent "Pagan Gods/Goddesses". As Catholic advanced in the world, they absorbed the local religion, and many locals appreciated the honor, as not only did the Church provide advances the tribes did not have, which Jesus had to be a greater God by the material wealth and comparison of the Chursh to a hunting and gather tribe.. many willingly gave Saint Nick to the Church.
The theft to me, was when Saint Nick became Secular Santa.
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