Who Is Santa Claus?


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Santa Claus is a figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins. Among several Western practices, he is believed to bring gifts to the homes of good children on the eve of Christmas (December 24). Other common names for Santa Claus are Saint Nicholas, Kris Krinngle or simply “Santa.”

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Who Is Santa Claus?
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The actual story of Santa Claus relates to Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver who was born during the third century in Patara village. To date, Santa Claus is portrayed as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man, often with spectacles, in a red coat with white collar and cuffs. This image has been consistently retained and reinforced through several media including radio, song, television and films.

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