Nicholas of Myra was a 4th century Christian bishop, later canonized a Christian saint. He would become the inspiration for the modern-day Santa Claus. Nicholas is considered the patron saint of brewers (and repentant thieves, among many others), and thus a person of exalted influence. Today, 6 December, is his Christian feast day.
In 2012, the tree in the photo would be my mother's penultimate Christmas tree. She liked that little gnome from Brasserie D'Achouffe in Belgium (and she liked its beer, as does her son). She placed 'Chouffie' under the tree.
Within the last few months, this photo, of no particular panache, has received in excess of 5,000 views. One never knows, does one?
But, today, I think, appropriate.