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The Real Santa Claus - St Nick
One of the names that Santa Claus is affectionately known by is St. Nick. A song often played at Christmas is Little Saint Nick by the Beach Boys. St. Nick, or Saint Nick, refer to Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas is commonly identified with Santa Claus due to his reputation for generosity and secret gift-giving. So the answer to the question "Who is the real Santa Claus?" is Saint Nicholas. Read the fascinating story about the Real Santa Claus!

Why is Saint Nicholas considered to be the real Santa Claus?
Why is Saint Nicholas considered to be the real Santa Claus? Saint Nicholas is best associated as the Patron Saint of Children and his patronage extends to many countries and professions including sailors, merchants, the falsely accused, repentant thieves and pawnbrokers. He is most closely associated with kindness towards children. The images of Saint Nicholas usually show an old man with long, white or grey hair and a beard.

The Real Santa Claus - the Legend and History of Saint Nicholas and his kindness to Children
The real Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, was born c. 270, Patara, Lycia, Turkey. He died on 6 December 346.
The association of St. Nicholas and his kindness to children relates to a story that during his lifetime there was a terrible famine. An unscrupulous and cruel butcher kidnapped three young boys, butchered them, and then placed their remains in a barrel to cure and then planned to sell them off as ham. Saint Nicholas discovered the murder and resurrected the three boys to life.

The Real Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas

Picture of Saint Nicholas with children

The Real Santa Claus - the Legend and History of Saint Nicholas, the Gift Giver
The real Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, was born c. 270, Patara, Lycia, Turkey. He died on 6 December 346. His reputation
for secret gift giving is based on a story of a man with three daughters. Saint Nicholas secretly gave three bags of gold, part of his substantial inheritance, as dowries for the daughters to prevent them being abandoned to a life of sin. Pictures of Saint Nicholas often show him with three bags of gold (representing the dowries). The bags of gold were translated to three balls of gold (he is the Patron Saint of pawnbrokers). The above picture shows the real Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, presenting children with gifts of oranges as the three golden balls were sometimes misinterpreted as being oranges!

The Real Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas, the Gift Giver
After the death of Saint Nicholas on 6 December 346 people remembered the generous Saint Nicholas and believed that he was behind a large number of anonymous gifts to the poor, using the inheritance from his wealthy parents. The people in the region continued this tradition and also began to give gifts to the poor anonymously. These mysterious gifts continued to be attributed to St. Nicholas.

The Real Santa Claus - St. Nicholas the Bringer of Gifts
Saint Nicholas Day is usually celebrated on 6 December and is a festival for children in many European countries. His reputation as a bringer of gifts is remembered on this day. On Saint Nicholas day gifts are given to children and 'Saint Nicholas' commends them for their good behaviour over the past year and tells them to continue to be good in the year to come.

The Real Santa Claus - Naughty or Nice?
In many countries a rod might also be given (once an instrument used to punish children) as a reminder that this might be given to children who are badly behaved. In Switzerland the legend goes that bad children would be put in his sack and taken to the dark forest. So the traditions surrounding the Real Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, have extended to the belief that the modern day Santa Claus carries a sack and keeps a list of children who have been 'naughty or nice'.

The Real Santa Claus
So the Real Santa Claus is clearly identified with the legends surrounding Saint Nicholas. Our modern day Santa Claus is a combination of various people and legends including that of Father Christmas. Father Christmas is the name used in many English speaking countries for a symbolic figure, like Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas who is  associated with Christmas. So now we know te story about the Real Santa Claus!


 

The Real Santa Claus

  • The Real Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas
  • The Real Santa Claus - St Nick
  • Why is Saint Nicholas considered to be the real Santa Claus?
  • The Real Santa Claus - the Legend and History of Saint Nicholas and his kindness to Children
  • The Real Santa Claus - Saint Nicholas, the Gift Giver
  • The Real Santa Claus - St. Nicholas the Bringer of Gifts
  • The Real Santa Claus - Naughty or Nice?
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The Real Santa Claus

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