- patron /PEY-truhn/
- smuggle /SMUHG-uhl/
- adamant /AD-uh-muhnt/
- protracted /proh-TRAK-tid/
- amend /uh-MEND/
[noun] – a person or group that supports an activity or organization, especially by giving money
The princess is a renowned patron of charities.
[verb] – to take things or people to or from a place secretly and often illegally
He managed to smuggle a gun from prison.
[adjective] – impossible to persuade, or unwilling to change an opinion or decision
We advised her not to come, but she was adamant about attending the meeting.
[adjective] – lasting for a long time or made to last longer than necessary
Before Allen continued, there was a protracted pause.
[verb] – to change the words of a text, especially a law or a legal document
The proposed tax law may be amended by Congress.
The site of St. Nicholas of Myra’s burial, who served as the model for the modern-day Santa Claus, has been debated for years. His supposed burial place has been mentioned in historical accounts, but thorough examinations of the church’s grounds turned up nothing noteworthy. Meanwhile, a lot of people thought that during the Middle Ages, Italian merchants had smuggled his remains out of the chapel. Nevertheless, Cemil Karabayram, the director of Antalya’s Monument Authority, revealed to a local media that he and his team had found a shrine beneath the foundation of St. Nicholas Church. They discovered what they thought to be a tomb that might contain the actual St. Nicholas’ remains. Karabayram is adamant about going with the next phase despite the fact that the discovery has not yet been verified by excavation and even though it will be a protracted, difficult, and challenging procedure to complete. Despite the fact that there are mosaics on the floor, he added, “We believe this shrine has not been destroyed at all. To restore the floor to its previous splendor, each tile must be taken out one at a time.”
Even while his life and tales have received a lot of attention, little is actually known about how he passed away. And if we receive a complete response regarding his final resting place, it remains to be seen. But if the new finding of his actual grave is verified, then the history books will surely need to be amended.
- Did you believe in Santa Claus when you were a child? Why or why not?
- What family traditions do you have during Christmas?
- If you were part of Karabayram’s team, would you be interested in seeing Santa Claus’ supposed tomb? Why?
- Do you think the tomb Karabayram discovered is truly Santa Claus’?
- How do you think history would change if the discovery was Santa Claus’ tomb?
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