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Santa claus and his history

Updated on December 9, 2019

In 1881, Thomas Nast drew on Moore's poem creating the first Santa look alike.

His cartoon portrayed him as joyful, plump with a white beard holding a huge sack full of toys.

Santa Claus and his history goes back hundreds of years, He was born around 270 A.D in Patara. Making him about 1,749 years old.

He was known for doing many Noble deeds such as helping those in need.

There was a story about three sisters who were on the brink of being sold into slavery and prostitution.Their father had lost all of his riches and worried himself about how he would offer to dowry.

Nicholas new of their situation and decided to help them by sharing his family gold with them. This saved them from being sold and they were now able to get married.

The day of his feast is celebrated on December 6th, this day was known to be a lucky day to get married or to purchase lots of expensive gifts.

"Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and wants to make them happy.. who gives himself by thought, word or deed in every gift that he gives. "

Naughty or Nice

This is a list that is said to track rather a child has been good or bad throughout the year.

If you were naughty, that means you were bad and didn't deserve to receive a present for Christmas. Some even received a lump of coal for misbehaving.

If you were nice, it means that you were good and that you have earned a gift from santa.

"He sees you when you're sleeping."

"He knows when you're awake."

"He knows if you've been bad or good."

"So be good for goodness sake."

"He's making a list he's checking it twice."

"He's gonna find out who's naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to Town!"

Letter to santa

In 1871 Nast drew picture a of Santa Claus sorting and reading his mail.

A few years later in 1879, Nast came up with the first known image of someone using the mail system to write a letter to Santa Claus.

Nicholas originally wrote letters to children and left them in their stockings. This letter would explain the child's behavior and what they could do to change it for the better.

Parents who loved the idea began to use it to monitor their children's behavior. Writing them notes and leaving it in the same spot santa would. Eventually the kids started writing back and this is were it became apart of tradition.


Goodies

Leaving out cookies and milk started around the 1930's, through the great depression. This tradition came from a much older tradition, were families would stuff their stockings full of goodies for Santa's entrance.


Chimney

The idea of Santa coming down the chimney started in 1823.

It became popular when the poem "Twas the night before Christmas" was created.

Reindeer

There were eight reindeers who led Santa's sleigh, they all had a special name.

  1. Dasher
  2. Dancer
  3. Prancer
  4. Vixen
  5. Comet
  6. Cupid
  7. Dunder
  8. Blixem

Rudolph was later added in the 20th century.

The north Pole

Santa's official north Pole residence is located in the Arctic circle. The village was named Santa's official north Pole residence. It was a Roman town in turkey.

The Arctic became a famous place for Santa to reside because it snowed all year long.

This fit the description of Santa Claus who came through town every year during the winter.

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