Wednesday, 30 September 2015

# Christmas History # Santa

The History of Christmas with Santa

When children think of Christmas their minds and imagination usually conjure up an image of a jolly old white bearded man in a red suit who travels in a flying sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer. They believe he lands on rooftops everywhere, slides down chimneys carrying a huge bag of toys he gives to all children who’ve been nice and not naughty.

Santa is one of the most beloved of all Christmas symbols perhaps because he personifies the teachings of sharing and giving of gifts. But, it began with a man called Saint Nicholas who belonged to a wealthy family and was known for his charity and giving money to the poor.

When the Dutch came to America they brought the tradition with them. Their Sinterklaas, also known as Kris Kringle, rode on a white horse and wore a red costume. It eventually evolved into a jolly old elf who was plump and jovial.

It was Thomas Nast, a cartoonist who many credit with creating the image of Santa Claus as we think of him today. Nast drew pictures of the kindly old gentleman with a button nose in a red suit and a big wide belt. Santa is kind and generous with a wish that all would have a merry Christmas.

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