Icon: St Nicholas with Selected Saints. 1294.
Taken from http://ru-icons.ru/part10/part102/1_1_80-1.htm
December 6 (Catholic church)
December 19 (Orthodox church)
May 9/22 (translation of relics, Catholic church 9, Orthodox church 22)
Saint Nicholas (270–343) was a Bishop of Myra (an ancient town in Lycia, in present day Antalya Province of Turkey), called also Nicholas the Wonderworker and Nikolaos of Bari or of Myra.
The name of the Saint is derived from the combination of Greek words for "victory" and "people", often understood as “conqueror of nations” or "victory of the people".
The following countries and regions honour him as patron: Greece, Russia, Sicily (Italy), Lorraine (France); as well as Amsterdam, Moscow and many cities and villages around Europe, from Scotland to Greece.
Nicholas is patron saint of mariners, merchants, archers, bakers, thieves, travellers, children, students and young maidens. Legends about life and miracles of the saint are spread all over Europe, and traditions of his feast are followed by many countries.