This icon was written by Brother Robert Lentz, ofm. "According to the ancient tradition of the East, Mary Magdalene was a wealthy woman from whom Christ expelled seven demons. During the three years of Jesus’ ministry she helped support Him and His other disciples with her money. When almost everyone else fled, she stayed with Him at the cross.
The Greek Santa Claus is Agios Vasilis (Αγιος Βασίλης) and he brings presents on New Year’s Eve. Agios Vasilis is St. Basil in English, and he comes from Caesarea in Asia Minor. He died on January 1st, 379 AD, and the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates his memory on January 1st. This is why in Greece Agios Vasilis brings presents on New Year’s Eve and not on Christmas, as it happens elsewhere in the world.
"The Penitent" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1876 - The image was probably meant to suggest Mary Magdalene, who was the best-known penitent woman for Victorian viewers.