It really couldn't get more bizarre. Legend has it that the real Saint Nicholas healed and brought back to life three children butchered by an innkeeper.
"This is crazy. He butchered these three children who were on their way for a blessing from the bishop of Myrna, Saint Nicholas, and they never showed up. So Saint Nicholas went and started to look for them," Glenn explained Wednesday on radio.
He found the children at the inn of an unscrupulous innkeeper --- chopped up, salted in vats and waiting to be made into meat pies. Saint Nicholas thankfully showed up and put them back together.
"I love this one. He forgave the innkeeper. I would have called for an investigation, but forgiveness is another way to go, I guess," Glenn joked.
See the full story behind Kris Kringle's name on an upcoming episode of hiSTORY featuring Santa Claus. The episode will air December 20 on TheBlaze. The following day, December 21, a special episode of Vault will air featuring artifacts and trappings from Christmas.
Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 21:11, from The Glenn Beck Program:
Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors:
GLENN: If you happen to be watching, I know we're getting a lot of comments on Glenn looks like Santa today.
GLENN: I am recording another Christmas show. Yesterday, for history -- HisStory, we recorded the story of Santa, which doing the research on Santa and where Santa came from and all of the traditions and -- does anybody know how we got the name Kris Kringle? Does anybody know where that came from? Anybody know how we --
PAT: Well, that came from Santa. That was his actual name.
JEFFY: Thank you. Thank you.
GLENN: No, it's fascinating when you find out.
Does anybody where -- how we got Santa Claus? How we got the name Santa Claus?
PAT: That's his name.
JEFFY: That's his name at the North Pole.
GLENN: No. It is -- it is a fascinating and bizarre trip that takes you to places where the real Saint Nicholas supposedly healed and brought back to life three children that had been butchered by an innkeeper who put -- listen to this. This is crazy. Butchered these three children who were on their way for a blessing from the bishop of Myrna, Saint Nicholas. And they never showed up. And so Saint Nicholas went and started to look for them. They had stayed at an inn halfway to the bishop.
Well, this innkeeper was an unscrupulous innkeeper, beyond unscrupulous and killed the children, chopped their bodies up, and then put them in these vats to salt the meat. And he was going to make them into meat pies.
And so the bishop, Saint Nicholas came and was --
PAT: And reassembled the children and brought them back to life.
GLENN: Yes. That is the legend. Reassembled.
GLENN: And I love this one. And forgave the innkeeper. Which I would have called for an investigation, but forgiveness is another way to go, I guess.
GLENN: Don't chop -- he promised me he would not chop up any children and sell them in meat pies.
PAT: Of course, he could have forgiven him and then put him in jail.
GLENN: Yes, but he didn't.
PAT: I forgive you, but you're going to jail. Because that's where you belong --
GLENN: He didn't. There's more to that story that is even more incredible.
But -- so yesterday, I recorded that show. And that airs in a couple weeks. His Story on Santa Claus.
Today, I'm doing The Vault and the -- and some of the trappings of Christmas and where they came from.
JEFFY: I hate the trappings of Christmas.
GLENN: Well, then you shouldn't watch the --
JEFFY: I hate the trappings.
Featured Image: Santa Claus proceeds down 6th Av, during the 90th Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)