From beliefnet.net, we read that perhaps the best-known story about Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, this particular legend evolved into the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast. In the English-speaking countries, Sankt Nikolaus, became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus—further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.
Two blind men in St. Matthew’s Gospel today followed Jesus into the house for healing. St. Nicholas put on Christ and learned his generosity from his Lord so that he could follow the poor to make sure that they had houses.