Santa Nick

Santa Nick from Guiding Light

Santa Nick

I remember when I was in elementary school as it got closer to Christmas I used to run off the bus and into the house as fast as I could to ask my grandmother the all important question. Did I miss Santa Nick? I fervently prayed in those before we got a VCR days that they would wait until school closed for Christmas so I could see Santa Nick.

Nick was the one, original, and only true Santa Claus. We first met Nick during Christmas 1983 when the Four Musketeers (Phillip-Beth-Rick-Mindy) had ended up in New York City. Phillip and Beth manage to get themselves in dreadful straight and meet a sidewalk Santa named Nick who both helps them out and teaches them the true meaning of Christmas.

Unfortunately Nick didn’t make it every year, but he appeared fairly regularly in the 1980s showing up again in the mid-1990s with a final appearance in 2000 according to Soap Central (who I think are missing some appearances but that’s just by memory so I could be wrong – they definitely don’t mention the year he showed up to urge Phillip to let Beth go and move on with Chelsea). Nick brought Christmas magic wherever he went. Most of the time he focused on the Four Musketeers, but he could also show up to anyone in town when they were in greatest need. Much like the Santa in Miracle on 42nd Street he brightened everyone’s lives, left most people a little better off for his visit, and then disappeared for another year.

The two big Guiding Light Christmas traditions that meant the most to me were Santa Nick and Mike Bauer singing Christmas carols.

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Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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