Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or simply “Santa” is a legendary figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to the homes of the good children on Christmas.
You know this. But did you know how the American version of Santa Claus came to be?
The American version of Santa Claus – and the world that surrounds him including Mrs Claus, Rudolph and the North Pole – is a combination of a historical figure, many different legends, the work of American writers and illustrators and yes, the advertising creations of corporations.
Click onward to see how what we currently know as Christmas and the legend of Santa Claus came to be. After reading this, you’ll be prepared to answer any and all childrens’ questions about who Santa Claus really is and where he comes from.
It all started with a man who lived 1,700 years ago in what we now know as Turkey…
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