Santa’s Story

Kacy Patterson, Writer

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The man we all know as Santa Claus does have a little history all of his own. In fact, his history falls all the way back to the 3rd century. According to “The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey.” St. Nicholas was known for his kindness and devotion for example from again they state “It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married.” St. Nicholas was truthfully a good person. His popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. He died December 6th and that was known as a lucky day to purchase large things or to get married. Santa Claus then started to make his way into America. “St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death,” stated from The name Santa Claus came from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, which is a shortened name for Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). The gift-giving has been apart of the Christmas celebration since the early 19th century. According to “Stores began to advertise Christmas shopping in 1820, and by the 1840s, newspapers were creating separate sections for holiday advertisements, which often featured images of the newly-popular Santa Claus.” This is how as the man we know as “Santa Claus” evolved.

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