The bones of Saint Nicholas

There is an interesting story in the Denver Post. I was worried the this story was about some Zombie Santa “Christmas movie” that was coming out. It is is not. It is about the grudge match that Turkey and Italy have over who has the bones of St. Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was buried in Turkey and in the 11th century some enterprising fellows stole him and took him to Bari, Italy and setup a pilgrimage site there. Turkey says they got the wrong bones…(I’m sure Turkey has made this claim before)

Obviously the author of this story has never read L. Frank Baum’s “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”.  That story gives Santa a backstory separate from Saint Nicholas.