Legends of Charismatic Santa Claus

A jolly fat guy in a red suit giving away gifts on Christmas is all we know about. This man known as Santa Claus has a long history which goes back to the 3rd century.

All kids can tell about Santa Claus is that he belongs to the North Pole. Santa Claus has originated from a monk named St. Nicholas. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra (present day Turkey). He became known due to his kindness and piety. He became the subject of various legends. He used to help the sick and the destitute, and he had given away all of his inherited wealth and used to travel across the countryside. He was also known to be the protector of the sailors and children. The most famous tails is his saving of three poor sisters, whom he helped by putting gold coins in their stockings. Another great story of St. Nicholas is when he entered a motel whose manager had quite recently killed three young boys; he cured their eviscerated bodies in cellar barrels. The diocesan sensed the wrong doing as well as restored the exploited people also. “That is one of the things that made him the benefactor holy person of youngsters.”

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St. Nicholas feast day is celebrated on is death anniversary which is on 6 December. St. Nicholas was a very popular saint of Europe during the period of renaissance.

In 1809, Washington Irving helped in popularizing the Sinter Klaas stories as he mentioned in his book, The History of New York, St. Nicholas as the patron saint of New York.

Blessing giving, essentially based on kids, has been an essential piece of the Christmas festival since the occasion’s revival in the early nineteenth century. Stores started to promote Christmas shopping in 1820 and by the 1840s, daily papers were making separate segments for occasion commercials which regularly emphasized pictures of the recently mainstream Santa Claus.

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Some of the scary Germanic figures were based on Nicholas, no longer as a saint but as a threatening sidekick like Ru-klaus (Rough Nicholas), Aschenklas (Ashy Nicholas), and Pelznickel (Furry Nicholas). These figures expected a good behavior or they forced the kids to suffer consequences such as kidnappings or whippings.

In the Netherlands, children and families basically declined to surrender St. Nicholas as a blessing bringer. They brought “Sinter klaas” and his persisting name with them to New World states, where the legends of the shaggy and frightening Germanic blessing bringers likewise persisted.

The early American Christmas was nothing like how it is celebrated in today’s modern world. It was celebrated as a raucous outdoor, alcohol-fueled, community gala.

Santa Clause remains a politicized figure as far and wide as possible. American troops spread their form of the chipper man around the globe in the years instantly taking after World War II, and he was by and large invited as an image of American liberality in remaking war-assaulted grounds.

When talking about Christmas, Santa Claus is the first thing that comes to mind; the tradition has continued till date, Santa- magical gift-bringer.

Author: Magzim

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  • Manasvee Dewan

    filling the stockings with gold coins was touchy and cute 🙂