St. Nicholas visits Noah's Ark preschool

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Sebastian Harrison seems enthralled by St. Nicholas' stories. ANNIE BLANKS/DESTIN LOG

Noah's Ark preschool, located at Immanuel Anglican Church off of Indian Bayou Trail in Destin, hosted a very special pajama day on Wednesday. The preschool classes had a visit from none other than St. Nicholas, who described himself as Santa Claus' "great great grandfather," who told them Christmas stories and answered questions about Jesus' birth. 

"The baby Jesus was born at Christmas," St. Nicholas, played by Eddie Grant, told the children. "He is a wonderful savior that we need to worship, and we need to tell everyone we know about him, like the shepherds did."

Angela Hayles, one of the preschool teachers, said the visit from St. Nicholas was special for the kids and different than normal Santa Claus-related events that take place during the holiday season. 

"We're a Christian preschool, and we always have so much fun with Santa and his elves and the parades," Hayles said. "But we wanted the kids to remember the true meaning of Christmas in an easy way that they could understand." 

Saint Nicholas was a fourth century Christian saint whose penchant for secretly bestowing gifts started the current tradition of Santa Claus.