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What's the Deal with Christmas?
History of Christmas
The Origin of Santa Claus
Where did Santa Claus come from?
Was there ever such a person like Santa Claus (St. Nick)?
Before we head straight into the "was there ever a Santa Claus?" thing, let me quickly discuss the 'other' figure head of Christmas - Jesus Christ.
Now don't go rolling your eyes and think "oh boy, here we go, give this guy a soap box", I'm going to make some quick interesting points about Jesus Christ, I mean, his name is in the holiday itself, you know...?
CHRISTMAS - get it?
According to MOST Christian religions, Jesus Christ was born on December 25th in a manger in a little town called Bethlehem, to parents Joesph and Mary.
This is the "backbone" to where Christmas originated from.
According to MOST children around the world, Christmas is a time where a "mythological figure" visits the homes bearing gifts while everyone is sleeping. The modern day Santa Claus that most Western cultures are used to comes from the Dutch mythological figure called Sinterklaas.
Tales of Sinterklaas may have taken part to help create & form the famous gift giver also called St. Nicholas, but truth is, there really was a St. Nicholas. Actually, there were several but the St. Nicholas that inspired the modern day Santa Claus was the St. Nicholas of Myra.
People seem to believe that the story of Santa Claus originated from a saint named St. Nicholas, this is not true. There was a St. Nicholas, this part is true. However, there were many of them, but the one St. Nicholas most people refer the story of Santa Claus to is, St. Nicholas of Myra, who walked among us during the fourth century. The story of Santa Claus can be stretched way back to the third century.
So how can Santa Claus originate from St. Nicholas of Myra, if the story of Santa Claus was before St. Nicholas of Myra?
Simple. It didn't.
It's probable that St. Nicholas of Myra and the story of Santa Claus just shared some characteristics from one another. You see, according to the original story of Santa Claus, Santa didn't wear some extravagant (red) robes, but St. Nicholas of Myra did. And since St. Nicholas was known as the protector of children and according to the story of Santa Claus, (Santa giving away toys to children); both characters kind of combined into one another.
During the 4th Century, St. Nicholas of Myra was famous for his generous gifts to the poor and was typically known as the bearded bishop who always wore some very formal looking robes. To this day, St. Nicholas of Myra continues to be a Christmas icon and one of the most beloved saints of all time.
Since the 1820's, it has been believed that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, although Santa has been around for much longer. It's at the North Pole where Santa has a workshop where there are thousands of elves that make toys everyday before Christmas. These toys are then distributed by Santa Claus to every good boy & girl throughout the entire world in one single night - Christmas Eve.
He travels by sleigh that's magically pulled through the air by nine reindeer (formerly eight), where he flies from rooftop to rooftop. He then goes down the chimney at each house and then places presents underneath a Christmas Tree.
History of Christmas
Was Jesus Christ born on Christmas Day?
Most experts say Christ was NOT born on December 25
Instead, most believe it was late August/early September when the Son of God was born.
It clearly states in the Gospel of Luke that there were shepherds in the field tending to their flock. Shepherds didn't tend to their flocks in the month of December - it was too cold. Especially at night when temperatures were below freezing.
Experts are even wondering if Mary and Joesph were really denied lodging at an inn in the small town of Bethlehem. Scholars and and biblical researchers even question the notion that Bethlehem even had an inn. However, Bethlehem did have guest rooms. It is quite possible that Joesph and Mary were denied lodging in a private home, but even that is in question.
Back in those days, communities would gather together to help a local (or a stranger) give birth. Strangers were often welcomed into new towns, and since Joesph used to live in Bethlehem years before, it's not unlikely that he was given a warm welcome. Bethlehem was also a small town that didn't have a road that led to it. If you lived there, you just had to know how to get there.
It's been determined that Jesus was more than likely born in a manger but exactly why Mary and Joesph chose to give birth there remains a mystery.
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