Saint Nicholas: The story of the real Santa Claus by Mary Joslin
Nicholas was a Christian who lived in the town of Myra in around the fourth century, and he was much loved for his charity and generosity. On one occasion, he wanted to give money to three daughters who were facing destitution because their father had no money for a dowry in order that they might marry. Nicholas thought of a clever way to give his gift in secret, showering gold coins into their house at night through the chimney. Some of the coins landed in the stockings that had been hung up to dry there. His good deed brought a happily-ever-after ending, and inspired a Christmas tradition. This book is retold for children from the famous thirteenth century book by Jacopo de Voragine, The Golden Legend.