Santa is coming to town
looking for the historical roots of Santa Claus, one must go very
deep in the past. One discovers that Santa Claus as we know him
is a combination of many different legends and mythical creatures.
basis for the Christian-era Santa Cluas is Bishop Nicholas of
Smyrna or Izmir, in what is now Turkey. Nicholas lived in the
4th century A.D. He was very rich, generous, and loving toward
children. Often he gave joy to poor children by throwing gifts
in through their windows. The Orthodox Church later raised St.
Nicholas, miracle worker, to a position of great esteem. The Roman
Catholic Church honored Nicholas as one who helped children and
the poor. In the Protestant areas of central and northern Germany,
St. Nicholas later became known as der Weinachtsmann. In England
he came to be called Father Christmas. St. Nicholas made his way
to the United States with Dutch immigrants, and began to be referred
to as Santa Claus.
American version of the Santa Claus figure, quoted from ENCARTA
95, received its inspiration and its name from the Dutch legend
of Sinterklaas, brought by settlers to New York in the 17th century.
The American image of Santa Claus was further elaborated by illustrator
Thomas Nast, who depicted a round-bellied Santa for Christmas
issues of Harper's magazine from the 1860s to the 1880s made Santa
Claus a humanized version also added such details as Santa's workshop
at the North Pole and Santa's list of the naughty and nice children
of the world. In 1823 in the poem, The Night Before Christmas,
written by Clement Clarke Moore. He included many details such
as the names of the reindeer; the sound of Santa's laugh; and
the mysterious way Santa goes up a chimney….he's making a list,
he's checking it twice, he's goin' to find out if you're naughty
or nice! SANTA CLAUS is coming to town.....Merry Christmas!!