Santa Claus who is also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins.
The modern figure of Santa Claus was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was derived from tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas.
The modern figure of Santa Claus who we know is a fat bellied happy old man having a long white beard who wears a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and… carries a bag full of gifts for children.
This image of Santa became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of images created by cartoonist Thomas Nast.
According to Christmas traditions, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves and nine flying reindeer.
He is believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them into “naughty” or “nice” on the basis of their behaviors and then on the single night of Christmas Eve delivers presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children.
However in many European countries Children’s get their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day which is celebrated on 6th December.
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