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Santa Claus

We all know and love who visits our home every Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to children who have been good. Today he is usually portrayed as a man who lives with his wife at the North Pole, surrounded by reindeer and elves who work diligently throughout the year gives gifts to children. But do you know about the story of Santa Claus? This article will give a brief overview.


Santa Claus has had many different names in history. You may recognize some of them: Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or Sinterklaas.


The original iteration of Santa Claus dates back to the 4th century. St. Nicholas of Myra was a Greek Christian bishop who was known for his generous charity to the poor people. Especially, he was famous for giving gifts to poor women in their marriage, so it should not be forced to live a life of prostitution. When he was awarded the holiness Christians celebrate his feast day 6th December.


St. Nicholas was a very popular figure in countries like Germany. According to legend, filled St. Nicholas socks girls with gold coins late at night. This began the tradition of hanging their children's stockings by the fireplace in hopes that St. Nicholas would visit and bring a gold coin.


In Holland, St. Nicholas was a version called Sinterklaas. Sinterlaas wearing a long white beard, he could fly into the air on a white horse with a cloth bag that is used to capture naughty children.


Modern origins of Santa Claus can be traced back to England in 1800. Britain long celebrated the mythical man named Santa Claus. Santa Claus was a man suffered a good mood, wearing a long green hairy coat. This figure was combined with the gift-giving Santa Claus a first version of Santa Claus.


It was in the U.S., where all these elements together. In 1823 Clement Clarke Moore published his poem "The Night Before Christmas". This poem, which is still very popular today, first described Santa Claus as we know it.

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