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The Legend Of Santa Claus

December 17, 2013 | By

Santa Claus, the white-bearded man in a red coat with a bag full of gifts, is coming to town. Check out the legend of Santa Claus.

Joyous, plump, generous, the white-bearded man in a red coat with a bag full of gifts for kids!

Chistmas is round the corner and especially for children the best part of the celebrations is Santa Claus. Santa Claus, the white-bearded man in a red coat with a bag full of gifts, who brings gifts to children on the night before Christmas i.e. 24th December; is the fantasy of every child.

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town…
He’s making a list,
Checking it twice;

Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town

Since the 20th century, Santa Claus has been depicted as this gift giver who makes a list of good and bad children and offers gifts accordingly. While Santa gifts toys and candies to well-behaved kids, naughty children sometimes get coal.

All this is done on the night of Christmas Eve with the help of the elves who make toys and the nine reindeers who pull his sleigh to help him deliver Christmas gifts.

Many kids hang empty stocking on the Christmas Eve in the hope that Santa Claus would come and fill them with toys, candies and other goodies.

The legend behind Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a fantasy figure whose history has been shaped by various folk and historical legends. The legend of Santa Claus dates back to hundreds of years ago to a priest named St. Nicholas.

It was believed that in the 4th century St. Nicholas was a bishop of Myra in Lycia in southwestern Turkey. Once it was said, that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into prostitution by giving their father enough dowry to marry them off.

Known for his kindness and generosity, St. Nicholas became a subject of many legends and stories. He was widely regarded as the kind-hearted protector of children and sailors and his feast day was celebrated on December 6 throughout Europe.

The name Santa Claus was derived from none other than the Sinter Klass which is actually a Dutch pronunciation of St. Nicholas. Another figure which is considered synonymous with the Santa Claus is Father Christmas. He was depicted as this stout man who brought alive the spirit of peace, joy and good food.

It is the mergence of St Nicholas, Sinterklaas and Father Christmas that has given birth to the fictional character known as Santa Claus. Today gift-giving Santa Claus has become an essential part of the Christmas celebrations.

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