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Santa Claus
The Man Behind the Beard

The Origin
Santa Claus is based on the third century Bishop of Myra, St. Nicholas. Even as a child, he was known for his generosity, love towards other children, and concern for sailors and ships. St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe even after the Protestant Reformation, when Christianity began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation. St. Nicholas's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaus, eventually evolved to Santa Claus. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church. Santa was an idea created in December 1773, and 1774, after a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of St. Nicholas’s death.
Finland
Italy

The Tradition
Santa's purpose in our Christmas Today.
"A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head,
soon led me to know I had nothing to dread."
—Twas' the Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore
works cited
Griffin, Robert H. Junior Worldmark Encyclopedia of World Holidays. Buddha's Birthday, Carnival, Christmas ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: The Gale Group, 2000. 86-87. Print.

Jones, Joyce. "The Importance of Being Santa Claus." The New York Times 5 Dec. 1993. nytimes.com. Web. 23 Nov. 2014. <http://www.nytimes.com/1993/12/05/nyregion/the-importance-of-being-santa-claus.html>.

Krythe, Maymie R. All About American Traditions. New York: Harper and Row, 1963. 259. Print.

"Santa Claus." History. A&E television network, 2014. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.
<http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/santa-claus>.

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Santa's Presence Around the Globe
Many countries around the world that celebrate Christmas have some sort of gift giving creature similar to Santa Claus.“Similar figures were popular all over the world. Christkind or Kris Kringle was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved Swiss and German children. Meaning Christ child, Christkind is an angel-like figure often accompanied by St. Nicholas on his holiday missions”.
In Finland, they have a Christmas figure which is neither elf nor human, but a Christmas goat. Named Joulupukki, this goat sometimes comes on a bicycle dressed as Santa Claus or in a sled drawn by real reindeer.
San Nicola, the Santa Claus of Italy, is a beloved saint who leaves a sweet treat called torrone in the shoes of good children on the eve of his feast day, December 6.
Japan
The gift bearer of Japan is a priest named Hoteisho, who has eyes in the back of his head to watch children's behavior and delivers presents on Christmas Eve.
The reason why people perform the tradition of giving presents from “Santa Claus” is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa Claus is a very important symbol in the holiday of Christmas. He is a very clear representation of the kings who gave gifts to Jesus Christ after he was born (What is the real meaning of Christmas?).
Santa Claus is represented as a chubby, jolly figure that delivers presents from his large toy sack on Christmas Eve to children all around the world while in a sleigh pulled by magical reindeer. He also makes a Naughty and Nice list. Folklore states that nice kids get presents and naughty kids get coal! Though he has had many forms over the centuries, the most common iteration of St. Nick is of “his belly so large… beard white as snow….covered from head to foot in fur”, as described in the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” a 56-line poem by Clement Clark Moore, which we wrote in 1844 (better known as “The Night Before Christmas”)(Santa Claus).
The reason why people perform the tradition of giving presents from “Santa Claus” is to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Santa Claus is a very important symbol in the holiday of Christmas. He is a very clear representation of the kings who gave gifts to Jesus Christ after he was born (What is the real meaning of Christmas?).
The tradition of Santa Claus is a worldwide tradition that reaches the farthest corners of the earth. Different cultures have their own version of Santa Claus. Clement Clark Moore helped make Santa a huge tradition in America’s culture who is now celebrated by many. It is a tradition that is vital in portraying the true meaning of Christmas. Santa Claus gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. His presence is arguably the greatest part of Christmas itself. Christmas would not be the same without the Santa Claus.
Santa is one of the most beloved Christmas traditions.What started out as a holiday to remember a bishop of Myra turned into a jolly man in a red suit and beard. Children love the magic and presents he brings, while adults enjoy creating the magic.The chubby man in the red suit helps everyone to be in a cheerful mood during the holiday season. Santa is also a way to ensure children are on their best behavior all year long. If they are not, they receive no presents. Whether it’s a human or a goat, the idea of Santa Claus is celebrated all around the world during Christmas Time.
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