Santa Claus : Christmas’s most iconic legendary figures

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Santa is one of Christmas’s most iconic legendary figures. The chubby and nice “good old man” represents the altruism and feelings of kindness and gratitude that invades the hearts at this festive time that celebrates the birth of the Child Jesus.

At Christmas time children often write a letter to Santa Claus telling them what they want to earn. According to legend, on Christmas Eve night, he travels the skies around the world with the help of his sleigh pulled by his nine reindeer and brings gifts to the children who performed well during the year.

The best known story is that Santa comes in through the chimneys and leaves the presents under the Christmas tree.

Origin of Santa Claus

The origin of Santa Claus is closely related to the figure of St. Nicholas of Mira, a Turkish-born bishop in 280 AD who helped the needy.

St. Nicholas left coins near the chimneys of the poor during the night.

St. Nicholas was beatified by the Catholic Church because of the miracles he performed. The best known was the payment of the dowries of three daughters of a poor couple.

The girls’ parents had no money to pay the dowry and marry their daughters, which meant for them a life of prostitution. Until one day a bag containing gold and silver coins appeared in this family’s house, and the girls thus had their dowry for marriage.

Some say that they were not three daughters, but only one and living alone with their father. What matters is not the details but the content of that story.

And even before St. Nicholas, there is a legend linked to the origin of Santa Claus, the legend of the Old Winter. According to her, there was an old man who went from house to house asking for food during the winter. Whoever helped you guaranteed a pleasant winter for your family.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6, the date of his death. Because of this, many people often set up Christmas trees on this date.

St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Russia, Greece and Norway. In addition, it is considered the patron of students.

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Santa's representation

Today Santa Claus has a long white beard and wears a red outfit with white details. He has a red hat and a black belt and boots. In addition, he carries a large gift bag.

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But it was not always so. The first images of Santa Claus showed a thin man, others resembled an elf. And his clothes were dark brown and green.

German cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) worked for years in the drawing of Santa Claus. In one of them, published in Harper’s Weeklys magazine , Santa Claus looks like this:

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Trivia about Santa Claus

  • In American culture, Santa lives in the North Pole. Already in European, he lives in Lapland, Finland.
  • In Portugal, Santa Claus is called “Santa Claus”. In the United States, by Santa Claus.
  • Legend has it that he lives with his wife, Mrs. Claus, some elves and their reindeer. Elves are magical entities that assist in making toys that will be given to children.
  • A very curious question in children’s minds is: How can Santa deliver all the presents on Christmas Eve? According to logic, the fact that there are several time zones would make him earn a few more hours and thus deliver everything in 31 hours.
  • There are some variations of the legend and one of them says that Santa likes to snack when he presents the gifts. That’s why many people often leave milk and crackers for him and carrots for his reindeer.
  • In Finland there is the village of Santa Claus. Adults use their address (Tähtikuja 1, 96930 Rovaniemi, Finland) to place on children’s letters to make them believe that Santa’s house is located there.
  • To further cheer up the kids, the North American Aerospace Command (Norad) Command website presents Santa’s route each year. So on December 24, the kids believe they can know where he is.
  • Santa is a character that has prominence in popular culture. Therefore, All Matter invites you not to stop here.

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