Who is Santa Claus?

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! Oh! Yes! 8 days to go before Christmas. Most of the people are excited, especially children. They are all waiting if they are in Santa’s list of gifts. They believe that once you were given a gift from Santa, you’ve been very kind and good for the whole year.

I remember the days when I was young, I usually stare at the window every night when Christmas is already near. Hoping that I will see him (Santa Claus) and handed me my gift personally, so that I can hug and thank him personally too. But I end up sleeping and the moment I woke up, I have a gift from him. It was placed under our Christmas Tree. And my parents will tell me “Santa does not want to wake you up, so he just dropped by and gave that one for you.”

As year passed by, I’m starting to come up with this question: Who is Santa Claus? No one could ever told me who is the real Santa. There were times that I thought Santa is just my mom or my dad. Now I did some research because this question did not leave me until now.

Santa Claus, also known as Saint NicholasFather Christmas and simply “Santa“, is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas eve, December 24. The modern figure was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, was part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece. (Wikipedia)

Santa Claus is a fictional character of the Christmas and winter seasons. He is the combination of the main subject of several different stories, including the tales of Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and real-life St. Nicholas of Greece. Santa is depicted in various ways around the world, based on how these stories have come together over time, but in the West, he is shown as a jolly, fat man with a white beard and red suit. He lives at the North Pole, rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer, enters homes of good children once a year via the chimney and delivers toys. People generally consider him to be a symbol of goodwill, hope, magic, and joy, but in some regions he is controversial. (WiseGeek)

The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships. (Santa Claus)

Facts or Myth, I know that here in my heart he will always be the man I’m waiting every Christmas. Because of him there is joy, excitement and hope on every children’s face during Christmas.

 

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