No, the answer is not the North Pole. Every year, children around the world happily wait for presents brought by Santa Claus on his magic sleigh. Nothing really compares with that amazing feeling you get when you wake up in the morning and rush to the tree to open up your presents. That moment is almost magical, and happiness fills you up from the inside, making you feel special, loved, appreciated and blissful. But the question remains: where did the jolly man dressed in red come from?
History of Santa Claus
It all started with a kind man, living in the 4th century A.D., in nowadays Turkey, by the name of Nicholas. He was a wealthy bishop, generous especially towards children who often received gifts from him. Later on, Nicholas was made a saint by the Church, the patron of children, celebrated on December 6th. Slowly, the fame of Saint Nick began to spread around Europe. In the protestant regions of Germany he was known as Weihnachtsmann while in England as Father Christmas. When reaching America, via the Dutch immigrants, he became known as Santa Claus, from the Dutch Sinter Klaas.
The image of Santa Claus as we know it was made popular in the 19th century, as illustrators created the fat man with the red costume and long, white beard and published it in different magazines. Based on the story of a kind man, a beloved character was born.
Even though most of us are past the age of believing in Santa, maybe we can all go back to being children for one day a year, and giggle under the covers while trying to see Santa sneaking in. What’s your favorite Christmas morning memory?
If you want to write to Santa, here is the address: Tähtikuja 1, FI-96930 Napapiiri.
References: unmuseum.org, the-north-pole.com
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