Where Did Santa Claus Come From
The Story Where Santa Claus Came From
All children and most of us adults too love the character of Santa Claus. But do you know about the story where Santa Claus came from? Santa originated since the seventeenth century when the figure of a bearded man known as Sinterklaas was brought to the USA by the Dutch. It became a symbol of Christmas after 1809 when the writer Washington Irving Americanized it as Santa Claus in his book History of New York. In the first drawings, he resembled a fat Dutch sailor with a tobacco pipe in a green coat. He didn't have reindeer or a red suit and did not live at the North Pole.
Santa Claus‘ reindeer first appeared in a poem - The Night Before Christmas, published in New York's Sentinel on December 23, 1823. The reindeer names were Blixem, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Dunder, Prancer, and Vixen. Blixem later became Blitzen and Dunder was Donner. Chief Reindeer Rudolph joined the pack one Christmas when a storm raged, and the original eight deer were not strong enough to tighten the sleigh with Santa.
In the middle of the 19th century, Santa Claus became more involved in society and became the main symbol of Christmas. The red coat of Santa Claus was drawn in 1863 by illustrator Thomas Nast, who was also the first to mark the North Pole as his home.
In the 20th century, Santa Claus was known around the world, which was greatly helped by Coca Cola's Christmas commercials. One of the myths directly says that Santa Claus was invented by Coca Cola. It is not true. It only helped raise awareness of him.
Interesting Facts Associated With Santa Claus
Let's take a look at a few points of interest:
- Santa who was born in 270 AD and is alive thanks to the magic of Christmas.
- In the United States, about 20,000 people make a living playing Santa Claus, they have intensive training with advice on how to behave and maintain a good mood.
- In 1955, the Sears store printed an ad with a toy phone number where children could call their Christmas wishes. A mistake crept into the ad, and the children actually called the commander of the US air defense. This mistake created a beautiful Christmas tradition where the army monitors track the current location of Santa Claus.
- Santa Claus sleigh flies at the speed of light, covering 671 miles per hour. In the United States alone, Santa has to visit 90 million homes in one night, or 832 every second.
Where did the Christmas tree come from?
The history of decorating a tree at Christmas dates back to the 6th century and is associated with the name of Columbus from Bobbia. This abbot served as a missionary in Brittany and Burgundy in the sixth century. In 573 he spent Christmas at the court of the king of Burgundy, for whom he decorated a fir tree. What led him to do this? The Burgundians were pagans, so Abbot Columban wanted to bring them closer to the feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Therefore, on Christmas Day, he decorated the fir with lighted torches in the shape of a cross to convert them to the Christian faith. In the Middle Ages, however, there was no mention of tree decorations and this tradition was not continued. The church allegedly considered this custom to be pagan. All this lasted until the end of the 16th century. Today, however, there are no limits to your imagination and everyone can decorate a tree according to their own ideas, taste or according to the interior of your household.
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