But it it was the Rotherham Main Colliery that changed Canklow so dramatically:-
Today (December 6th) is the Saints' Day of Nicholas of Myra, an obscure bishop from an obscure town in ancient Turkey whose life-story is not particularly well recorded. He was an orphan and thus had a soft spot for all children. Particularly in the Dutch tradition, where he has become Sinterklaas, he visits all children during the night of December 5th/6th leaving small gifts in their shoes. His side-kick is Black Pete who is bad cop to Nick's good cop. If kiddies have been naughty, then Black Pete will get them!
"Santa" has absolutely NOTHING to do with Christmas!
Incidentally, the giving of gifts at CHRISTmas has precious little to do with the Wise Men story either; as we shall see. The "lavish present" policy of the modern "festive season" should be a thoughtful response to the Greatest Gift of All:-
Let us thank God for His priceless gift [i.e.Jesus].