@snowywinter: The legend of St. Nick, also known as St. Nicholas, has led to many questions and many different answers. This is one version:
Around 300 A.D., in Patara, Lycia, Asia Minor, (the area now known as Turkey), there lived a young boy by the name of Nicholas. He was an orphan child living with his uncle. He was to receive a large sum of money when he became of age. His uncle had raised him to believe in God and to give to others in need.
Nicholas received his money and left to attend an all boys’ school in the town of Patara. There, he heard of a young boy who was at home very sick. Nicholas secretly started carving a wooden animal to cheer him up. He slipped out one night and put it in the little boy’s shoe.
Nicholas continued secretly giving to people in need throughout his life. He became known as St. Nicholas, a.k.a. St. Nick.
Now, that is just one story that I’ve heard. There are others.