Santa Claus in Mexico, or San Nicolas de Bari, appears much as other Santa Clauses throughout the world: an old man with a red coat. This red coat is represented by the bright red flowers of the poinsettia that is native to Mexico.Continue Reading
According to the St. Nicolas Center Organization, Mexico has a religious tradition, called ex-voto, where small paintings are placed as offerings in a chapel. Several of the paintings portrayed have likenesses of Saint Nicholas in which he appears with darker hair and scarlet religious robes.
Despite the emphasis of Santa Claus in some cultures, Mexicans consider it an imported tradition and celebrate Three Kings Day more enthusiastically. This holiday occurs on January 6 and it is when children traditionally receive gifts. They even right the three kings or Magi letters asking for a specific gift. According to tradition, children place the Magi in the nativity the night before and put hay in their shoes for the camels of the Magi. When they wake up, the hay is replaced with gifts. In reality, the gifts mostly appear beneath Christmas trees now. Some children get gifts on both Christmas Day and Three Kings Day. However, the nativity is not put away until February 2.Learn more about Christmas
A child can talk to Santa Claus in person by visiting a holiday event where Santa will be making an appearance. Many retailers have Santa visit during specific dates and times around the holidays, and some restaurants host special events where customers can dine while they converse with Santa. Christmas parades and tree-decorating parties are other events where Santa often appears to visit with kids.Full Answer >
Santa Claus games include Santa Says, Waiting for Santa and Find the Santa. To play Santa Says, select one player to be Santa. Players stand in a line while Santa shouts commands using "Santa says..." For example, "Santa says sing a Christmas carol." Players should follow any instructions beginning with "Santa says." If a player does not follow the instruction, or follows an instruction without Santa saying "Santa Says," then he is out.Full Answer >
While the jolly old man traditionally seen at Christmas does not actually exist, his legend is traced back to a 3rd Century monk named St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in what is now known as Turkey.Full Answer >
Santa Claus wears red and white because the legend comes from the Dutch folk tale of Sinterklaas, who had a white beard and wore a red bishop's miter. Cartoonist Thomas Nast drew the character for more than 30 years, finally adopting the red outfit from the folk tale.Full Answer >