Tradition Santa Claus – an Introduction
Santa Claus, also sometimes called as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle or “Santa”, is probably what that comes to our mind first when we think of Christmas. A legendary and mythical figure, Santa Claus is believed to bring gifts to good children and homes during the late hours of Christmas Eve. Dressed in a red coat with white collar and cuffs, red trousers with white cuff and black boots and leather belts, Tradition Santa Claus became popular during the 19th century in USA and Canada. However, in the later days, the popularity of Santa not only confined to US and Canada, rather it spread all over the world. Currently, Santa Claus is seen as the reservoir of gifts, love, fun and happiness.
In order to know the origin of the tradition Santa Claus, one needs to go back to 4th century. Now popular ‘Santa Claus’ was a Greek Christian bishop of Myra in Lycia during the 4th century and was known as Saint Nicholas. He was quite popular for distributing gifts to poor generously. Since his early days, Nicholas was very religious. He devoted his entire life to Christianity. Even today, he is portrayed in most of the European countries especially the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Belgium, as the bearded bishop in canonical robes.
According to a legend, it is believed that Santa lives in a land of perpetual snow, in the far north. It American version is to be believed, Santa Claus lives in the North Pole. But according to other version, Father Christmas resides in the mountains of Korvatunturi in Finland.
Tradition Santa Claus differs from culture to culture, place to place and country to country. In some cases, these variations can be light, while in some other cases, these can be a lot.
Christmas and Santa Claus
Tradition Santa Claus is probably the biggest attraction of Christmas. Everyone expect that on the eve of Christmas, on December 24, Santa will bring gifts and happiness for them. According to the popular belief, Santa has his own list of children throughout the world that he prepares according to the behavior of the children. He offers gifts including toys, candy and other gifts to the good children. Sometimes he also brings coal for the naughty children.
Children buy Christmas stockings and hang those in their rooms with a lot of hope that Santa Claus will fill it up with attractive gifts. On the morning of Christmas day, they open up the stockings to find it out what are in store for them. In reality, parents fill up the Christmas stocking of their children though.
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