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Who is Santa Claus?

Did you believe in Santa Claus while growing up? Do you know the origin of Santa Claus?

Today many know Santa Claus as a jolly old elf who brings gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

Modern day Santa Claus has his roots in the 3rd and 4th century Roman Empire. Saint Nicholas was a bishop in Myra, a small town in modern Turkey. Saint Nicholas defended the church doctrine during the ‘great persecution’ by Roman Empire when Christianity was attacked. He was also known as the patron of children. In one story, he saved 3 girls from prostitution by giving money to their father so that he could marry them off. In another story he resurrected 3 boys who were murdered by an inn keeper. By 13th century Nicholas came to be known as magical bringer of gifts. Immigrants from Netherlands bought the concept of Saint Nicholas to the new colonies.

The Santa Claus that we know today first appeared in 1823 in the poem, ‘The Night Before Christmas’. To this day the picture of the jolly, plump Santa Claus who brings gifts to children on a magical sleigh pulled by eight reindeer remains.

The photos are images from the children picturebooks. Starting from the second pic the pictures are from the following books: The Night Before Christmas, The Little Reindeer, The 12 Sleigh of Christmas, Samurai Santa, Santa Bruce and If Animals Celebrated Christmas.

Ho Ho Ho 😊

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