The history of Santa Claus – who is he really?

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The history of Santa Claus – who is he really?

This is an example of our modern day view of Santa Claus.

This is an example of our modern day view of Santa Claus.

This is an example of our modern day view of Santa Claus.

This is an example of our modern day view of Santa Claus.

Max Brogdon

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Some of us believed in Santa Claus as children. While coming to the realization that the big man in the red suit is just a myth, have you ever thought; well maybe there is a Santa Claus, but just not the type of Santa that we all have believed existed? The myth of the jolly old man has been extended through centuries, with people believing that he was created by the government, along with numerous other tales from different countries.

The origin of Santa began somewhere around 280 A.D. with a monk named St. Nicholas. Nicholas was admired for his reverent, religious spirit and kindness. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick, according to History.com. He also prevented three sisters from being sold as prostitutes or slaves by father. He gave the sisters dowries, money brought by a bride to her husband, so that they could get married to a man instead of being sold as a something lower than property. This story is what caused his given title as the protector of children and sailors.

“Yeah I believed in him as a kid. I thought he was so real. I would get so mad at any kid that told me otherwise,” said Junior Ava Adams.

“I never believed in him nor think he was ever real in any way,” said Junior Jacob Lane.

“Yes I did as a kid, and I always did think that he was real in some way,” said freshman Raayan Rollins.

Through time, Santa gained a numerous amount of names used around the world. St. Nicholas, Christkind, Kris Kringle which means Christ Child, Jultomten, Pere Noel, Babouschka, and La Befana are a few examples of names used by people around the world. Christkind and Kris Kringle are both the same person but were thought of to deliver presents to well behaved Swiss and German children. Christkind is a supposed angel like figure that is accompanied by St. Nicholas on their quest to deliver presents for Christmas. Jultomen is an elf in Scandinavia that delivers presents with a sleigh drawn by goats. Father Christmas only offers candy in children’s stockings. Pere Noel fills the shoes of French Children. Babouschka is rumored to give the wise men the wrong directions to Jesus’s manger on purpose. Therefore, he visits Russian children every January 5th  to undo the sin that he thinks he committed. La Befana resides in Italy with a similar story to Babouschka. La Befana is a kind witch that rides a broomstick into the chimneys to deliver toys in the stockings of lucky children.

Others believe that Santa was just a myth created by the government. “I believed he was real as kid, but currently no I don’t. I believe that Santa Claus was created by the government for Christmas in order to evoke emotion during Christmas so children can expect gifts for Christmas. So the government really just want money from these people,” said junior Sheila Hernandez.

Following this event and granted title, in 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote a long Christmas poem for his Daughters. This poem was titled “An account of a visit from St. Nicholas”. This poem stirred the craze for Santa Claus, and began the official image that we know him by today. Following the poem also came tales of Santa Claus, about his North Pole workshop, the elves that work in it, his reindeer, and his wife Mrs. Claus.

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