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Santa Claus Fact Or Fable

Updated on November 18, 2009
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Santa Claus Fact or Fable? It depends on who or whom one would ask or if a person truly knows how the common name Santa Claus came into existence.

In 280 A.D. ST. Nicholas was born he became the giver of gifts in Myra. The gifts were given after the children went to sleep so that the giver of the gifts would remain secret. St. Nicholas was a Christian priest, who later became a bishop. St. Nicholas was a very wealthy man who gave away gifts and money to the poor and homeless. Although youthful Nicholas was respected by the people, and in the year 303 A.D. the Roman empire diocleatian demanded that all people worship him as a God.

Christian believe in One God and God alone and the diocleatian of the Roman empire told the people if they did not worship him they would be imprisoned. Nicholas believeing in tne Christian God would not obey either , therefor he was imprisoned along with the others for five years due to his beliefs and he did not waiver. In 313 A.D. diocleatian resigned , Constantine came into power and he was given back his position as Bishop until December 6th 343 A.D. at the time of his death. By 450 A.D. he was known as a Saint and churches began to sprout up and were named after him.

Over centuries his popularity grew and people began to create new stories about St. Nicholas so the children would understand who he really was and when the Dutch immigrated to the United States the household name Santa Claus become widely recognized. In England he is known as Father Christmas and in Germany he is known as der Weinachtsmann.

Santa Claus has been a household character since Washington Irving wrote about him in his history of New York in 1809 he would arrive on horseback each Christmas eve unaccompanied by Black Peter. Santa became a full fledged character in 1823 when Clement Clark Moore wrote ' The Night Before Christmas'. Further elaboration was illustrated by Thomas Nast who depicted Santa as robust and large and added ,that Santa had a good list and a bad list for little boys and girls. In 1931 Santa Claus was depicted in a series of illustrations providing a modern version of Santa including a toy shop and elves. Rudolph came into existence in 1939 and was created by a Montgomery Ward advertiser who added him as the ninth reindeer.

It is fact that St.Nicholas truly existed and over the centuries man has re-created him in his own image. Fable is that Santa did not come down chimneys or fly through the air with nine reindeer giving gifts to boys and girls. So long as a person believes what the true meaning of Christmas is there certainly is nothing wrong with children having a little imagination.

Have many forgotten the true meaning of Christmas? So many have but the fault cannot lie in the existence of St. Nicholas the fault can lie within themselves.

The true meaning of Christmas to me is not about how many gifts one recieves it is about the birth of Christ and what he did for all of us. When we decorate our home it is not about Santa coming, it is about Christ and the celebration of his birth. He has given us a gift and in return we celebrate what he has given to us.

Have many forgotten the true meaning of Christmas? So many have but the fault cannot lie in the existence of St. Nicholas the fault can lie within themselves.

 

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      relyonhim7: I also wish many blessings to you too! :)

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      relyonhim7 7 years ago from Tulsa, OK

      Hey Sister.. I wasn't angry at all, just wanted to share some info. Thanks for your integrity and your content; Enjoy your Thankgiving and much blessings.. :)

      Ontarian

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      heart4theword: It certainly is taken out of context we should always look deeply into the subject to determine the truth and keep an open mind. :)I hope and pray your Christmas is just as wonderful ! :)

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      Your right, about Santa vs Satan, it is taken out of context. I know the original Santa was a very loving and giving person. It is just too bad, the stories of Christmas have been so commercialized! I hope and pray your Christmas is Warm and Filled with Love:) The True Love of Christmas:)

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Ontarian: Thanks for adding and many of us know that Christ was not born on Dec. 25th we also know the truth about St. Nick however getting angry or upset does not make anyone understand any better. Thanks for sharing your viewpoints and your link. :)

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      Ontarian Hawkins 7 years ago

      Jesus Christ B-Day is really not Dec. 25 and St. Nick has a lot more meaning to it.

      Check out the Real Truth

      =>> http://home.sprynet.com/~pabco/ptofxmas.htm

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      receptionist: I was 10 and found out who it was but it certainly is fun with the little ones they do not have a clue. :)

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      receptionist 7 years ago

      This is a great hub you got here AEvans... You know here in the Philippines, many also believed in the existence of St. Nicolas. I also once believed in Santa Claus.. I was about 9 when I discovered that Santa was a fraud. I saw my father put all the gifts in my Christmas stocking that I have. Since that Christmas I stopped believing in Santa... Thanks for this info... ^^,

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      pachuca213: Hi hope all is well and thanks for the wonderful comment. :)

      HOOWANTSTONO: That is a great way to live life treating each day as goodwill it would be nice if it happened all the time but at least you and your family are living it. :)

      heart4theword: I did hear things about the SANTA vs SATAN situation I believe that part of it was a little blown out of context with many around the world as I wrote SANTA started out a little differently but nonetheless it still does not equal Satan. People take the words to the extreme which is not necessary but I also agree that the tre meaning of Christmas lies within ourselves. :)

      agvulpes: We enjou Christmas too!! We celebrate it every year and I believe if people understand the true meaning of Christmas it wouldn't be so blown out of context. :)

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      Peter 7 years ago from Australia

      AEvens Christmas is alive and well in our household and the joy of giving never lessens with the years.

      I'm glad I don't live in the household of 'heart4theworld' what a 'Grinch'. Oh boy!

      Thanks for an informative hub :-)

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      heart4theword 7 years ago from hub

      I agree with hoowantstono, to tell your children the truth! Your right to know the true meaning of Christmas:) Many people don't think about the fact that Santa has the same letters as Satan, and the picture most people have of Satan is that he wears red. Just like Santa wears red. They both seem to produce the same results...take peoples minds off Christ. Wanting to X Jesus out. Merry Christ-mas to you all:)

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      HOOWANTSTONO 7 years ago

      I taught my kids from the start there is no Santa , and the truth about Xmas.

      I find it more fulfilling to treat everyday as a day of good will and not be caught up in the stupid mind set one tends to go into during December

      Go bless ya

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      Pachuca213 7 years ago

      very interesting research you've done AE...good hub!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      EagleHeart: Thank you so much and to you and your this holiday season a very Merry Christmas and may God Bless you too! :)

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      EagleHeart 7 years ago from Alabama

      Very good hub AE... I enjoyed it very much. I agree with you that it's not about the gifts although I love giving gifts but if I may, I feel its more about giving of one's self, as God intended. It's been said many times but the world would be a better place if we could all carry that spirit of Christmas, year round. I wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and God Bless.

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      bp: I know and I believe sometimes the little girl is still in us. :)

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      blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

      You know AE finding out as a kid that Santa wasnt really real shattered me, more than when I lost my marbles :(

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      CandieV: That was a wonderful thing to do, we have Santa but our house also knows the meaning lucky you sleeping in but I do have to say it is always nice.:)

      dohn121: I am glad that I clarified if anyone ask the truth is in the hub. lololo :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I really enjoyed reading this, AEvans. Thank you for clearing this up, as I was planning to research this myself, but now I won't have to!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Thank you! We didn't raise our son to believe in Santa, but to respect the kids that did. One thing this did, was let us sleep later on Christmas day, plus being an only child he didn't have that sibling excitement that feeds the 'let's get up at 3am to see what Santa brought' thing. Many Christmases we had to wake him up around 10am cuz I couldn't stand the wait to open presents!!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      CandieV: As you know there are always to sides he is fun though isn't he? You as well have a wonderful day! :)

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Fun hub AE! Whether he's fact or fable.. he's lots of fun! Almost that time of year isn't it? Time's moving quicker every year! Have a good day my friend!!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Peter: Lucky you now that is so interesting that you were able to visit the grave of St. Nick I did not know he was also the patron saint of prostitutes thank you so much for sharing that additional info. :)

      Hello, hello: You are so welcome and by the way I love yourpen name. :)

      Legacy Wellness: I hope so to in this world so many have forgotten but hopefully one day the true meaning will be remembered. :)

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      Legacy Wellness 7 years ago from Katy, Texas

      Great Hub. I truly hope that none of us ever forget the true meaning of Christmas. Jesus Christ is the only hope for a lost and dying world. John 3:16

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a lovely information and interesting, thank you.

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Good Hub. He was real enough. I visited his grave in Turkey in a lttle town where it is Christmas year round. I also saw his bones in a museum. Did you know that Saint Nic was also the patron saint of prostitutes?

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      quicksand: quicksand: Your response is so true it certainly would be nice if it could go back to yesteryear when life was much more simple. ***sigh** Thank you for the comment. :)

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Nowadays parents are so busy they don't even bother to explain to their kids who Santa really is and what should be expected of him. Of course they hear of Santa from their grandparents.

      I guess even if they are told about Santa, they would not bother because these technologically driven toys extract all their focus. Sigh!

      Anyway thanks for this informative article. Cheers!

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mdawson17: They certainly do and I hope that they will because he certainly did exist. :)

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      mdawson17 7 years ago

      What a great hub! Many of the older youths need to read this to have a full understanding of "Old Saint Nick"

      mdawson17

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      tony0724: It drives me nuts when people argue over it and he certainly did exist. I am so glad that you enjoyed and now can confirm that he did exist. :)

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      tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

      AE what a great and Informative hub this Is !I knew St Nicholas existed , but I never knew the full story . Thank you for educating me .

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      Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Georgia: Kids love Christmas and even when we were children Santa would come to the door and bring us new jammies and slippers. We still give and recieve gifts and Santa still eats cookies. lololo I love your story you should write about the letters from Santa. :)

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      Georgiakevin 7 years ago from Central Georgia

      Great hub. My kids always get a typed letter from Santa each year. It started out printed out on a dot matrix printer and now has gone up town to a ink jet. My kids long ago knew who wrote the letter (basically a year in review and some good advice by Santa). I was going to stop the letters but my children won't let me.........bless their hearts!