The Story of Santa
Christmas is the happiest time for the whole family. When we think of Christmas,
we think of Christmas traditions, family, celebrations, presents, Christmas tree, shopping, and of course Santa
Clause. No doubt your little ones will have questions about Santa, how "old" is he, where does he come from, an so
You may choose the modern version of the story (as shown in Tim
Allen's The Santa Clause movies and the likes), or perhaps dwell in deeper into the legend of Saint Nick.
Clause hat is one of the most popular choices for getting into Christmas
The Legend of Santa
Santa Clause is one old dude. We all know that. Just look at how white his beard
and hair are, right? But did you know that the legend of Santa Clause, and St. Nick, go back nearly to the time of
Christ, nearly 2,000 years ago? No? Well then, read on.
It is said that around the year 280 A.D., there was a man born by the name of
Nicolas. He was born in the Near East in a town called Patara. To find it today, look on a map or a globe for the
country of Turkey, near Greece. It was there that the man who would become Santa Clause was born.
Nicolas - the protector of
Saint Nicholas or Santa Clause has always been
known as the protector of children
Nicolas had a big heart, so big that he became a monk and devoted himself to his
god and his religion. But Nicolas also was a big fan of his family and his neighbors, and he also devoted himself
Word spread in his homeland and far and wide about how kind and generous Nicolas
was. Nicolas was born into wealth, and stories soon spread about how Nicolas gave away all of his family's money to
the poor, the sick, and anyone else he came across who needed it.
He became so famous that Nicolas was known as the protector of all children (and
sailors too). Once, he even saved three young girls, sisters, from being sold into slavery by their father. Their
father, you see, needed money, and was going to make a fortune by selling his daughters. Instead, Nicolas came to
their rescue by offering the father money for the girls, and then setting them free.
No wonder that Nicolas became Saint Nicolas after his death. For hundreds of
years, Europeans celebrated him on the date of his death, December 6. Some even say that Saint Nick was the most
popular saint in all of Europe during the end of the Middle Ages. December 6 was always considered a lucky day for
this very same reason.
How did Saint Nick go from being the protector of children to Jolly Old Saint
Nick, the guy we know as Santa Clause, who not only protects children, but brings them great gifts too? Well,
that's one heck of a long story, and it involves a manger, and baby Jesus. We probably all already know that story
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known under different names in different parts of Europe, where it is often accompanied by Santa
Clara during Christmas
But what you may not know is that the end of December was already a big deal in
Europe before Christmas was started. It was during this time of year that many Europeans celebrated winter solstice
- that winter was almost over. They would have great feasts, celebrated the harvest of their wine and their beer,
and the coming of spring and the sun. So then it made perfect sense that when people also started celebrating the
birth of Baby Jesus, that the two traditions would meld.
The notion of feasting and celebrating a holiday of lights, the happiness and
giving of Saint Nick, and the hope and love brought by Baby Jesus, all of it merged to form the perfect holiday:
Christmas. And who makes sure that it happens every year? None other than Santa Clause.