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. More »

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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 n... More »

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Although Santa Claus suits are commonly red, trimmed with white fur and a black belt, early depictions of his outfit were tan or green. Santa Claus in red is attributed to Thomas Nast, who portrayed Santa this way for Ha... More »

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... More »

The Santa Claus story was inspired by a monk named St. Nicolas, who appears to have been born during the late third century AD. St. Nicolas was said to have been a very generous individual who donated all of his inherita... More »

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Santa Claus, as a folklore legend, is not considered an elf, though it is often told that he employs elves in his workshop. He is almost always portrayed as a heavy-set Caucasian human with a full white or gray beard. More »

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, fin... More »