Story behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas

Story behind Santa Claus: 25th of December and yes it is Christmas, when people are busy decorating their Christmas trees and buying Christmas presents for family and love ones. You will also find Santa Claus all over the place and the kids going gaga over the man! Ever since our childhood days we are told  that we should hang our empty stocking on Christmas tree and wish that our Santa gifts us what we wanted. To our surprise, we would find goodies stocked up in our stockings by Mr Santa Claus. So who is this mystery man who is been a hero to all the children and kids would wait for him and he would do his signature ho ho ho! and we all would love it.

Story behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas

Story behind Santa Claus explained:

So we Googled around this man and look what we found:

The man we know as Santa Claus has a history of his own. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus from his earliest origins to the shopping mall favorite of today, and discover how two New Yorkers–Clement Clark Moore and Thomas Nast–were major influences on the Santa Claus millions of children wait for each Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts and joys  to the homes of good children on 24 December, the night before Christmas Day.

Santa Claus is described as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and who carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no mustache.

Story behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas

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. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. 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.

Story behind Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas

Gift-giving, mainly centered around children, has been an important part of the Christmas celebration since the holiday’s rejuvenation in the early 19th century. 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. In 1841, thousands of children visited a Philadelphia shop to see a life-size Santa Claus model. It was only a matter of time before stores began to attract children, and their parents, with the lure of a peek at a “live” Santa Claus!