Santa Claus Origin Story (3/8)

THE REALITY:

Santa Claus, St. Nicholas and Father Christmas are presently broadly held to reference a similar chipper husky man in a red suit, this wasn’t generally the situation.

St. Nicholas was a fourth-century Turkish bishop spent his life on earth offering cash to poor people, frequently by secretly leaving cash in individuals’ stockings overnight. He died on December 6, and was later declared a saint  – making December 6 St. Nicholas Day.

Around the fifteenth century in England, the prospering Protestant populace changed St. Nicholas into the drunken present provider Father Christmas, who, was renamed Kriss Kringle in the U.S.

American sketch artist Thomas Nast promoted the modern iteration of Santa Claus as a happy bearded man living at the North Pole, and L. Frank Baum’s 1902 book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus everlastingly carved it into the aggregate awareness. In any case, this form of Santa is just about century old.

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