I was honored to be among several people knighted into the "Knights of Saint Nicholas" at a recent gathering of the Santa Claus community in Albion, New York. Here is the creed for this special group of servants:
The Creed of the Knights of St. Nicholas
“I believe in the miracle of the manger and the message of the child who was born as the Messiah as God’s true gift to all mankind. I acknowledge the Passion and the sacrifice made as a paradigm that it is truly better to give than to receive.
“I understand the devotion of Nicholas of Myra and his conviction to God’s love for all mankind as an example to follow. I am a mere mortal who has no magical powers except the belief of loyalty to the tradition of the Advent Season that has been handed down from generation to generation to me by my family and friends.
“I acknowledge that the true basis for the celebration is the child of the manger and I promise to make all children happy to the best of my abilities in His name. I confirm these beliefs to myself and to the Spirit of Christmas as a Knight of St. Nicholas, a servant of people everywhere.”