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St. Nicholas Visits Local School

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'Tis the season for giving. One local Catholic school is reminding its students to remember the less fortunate this holiday season. YNN's Mary McCombs has more on the story.

BRIGHTON, N.Y. -- Elementary Students from Seton Catholic School gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Friday morning to celebrate St. Nicholas Day. During the mass, children learned the history of the fourth-century Bishop, best known as the real-life model for Santa Claus.

"He gives a lot of stuff, and he helps a lot of people, and he loves everybody," said Libby McDonough, Student.

"At Christmas time, it's not just about getting presents, it's about Jesus' birth and giving to other people," she went on to say.

During this time of year, it's easy to get caught up in the holiday rush. That's why the church sets aside this day to remind students about the importance of the spirit of giving.

"We will be helping them see that he was about being concerned for others, for the poor, for poor children, that he was a leader in that way," said Fr. Gary Tyman, Pastor.

St. Nicholas appeared at the end of the mass to share his story of compassion and charity. He gave the children a treat, along with a writing pad, asking them to make a list of things to do for others.

It's a lesson that Libby McDonough is eager to follow! "Give to other people, and not just getting presents. It's about like sharing and giving," she said.

A centuries' old message is delivered to the young.

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