For nearly a decade I've had the honor to "re-present" St. Nicholas on the Sunday closest to his feast day in December at our Episcopal Church. Our St. Nick comes in during the "Passing of the Peace," sits down in front, and tells a story to the children, after which they distribute St. Nicholas ginger cookies to everyone. For the past 6 years, our St. Nicholas has told one of the stories from this wonderful, indispensable collection. They are truly timeless, which means they can teach some surprisingly modern lessons. For example, the Armenian story of St. Nicholas the hermit and the mouse may have been intended originally to teach people to be content with their lot and not to aspire to something above their "station" in life. But today it can teach the importance of being careful what you wish for (because you might get it and then wish you hadn't) and of asking God to give you what God knows will be best for you. It could also teach how God lets you make mistakes and learn from them without being destroyed by them. Thank you, Louise Carus, for gathering, translating, and publishing this amazing resource!