Santa Claus – Mythical character from Western Christian culture

Often known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa, Santa Claus is a mythical character from Western Christian culture who is said to make lists of children around the world, categorize them according to their actions, and deliver toy and candy presents to well-behaved children on Christmas Eve, and coal to naughty children. With the assistance of his elves, who make the toys in his North Pole workshop, and flying reindeers who drove his sleigh across the air, he is said to do this. 

In general, Santa Claus is represented as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man, always with glasses, wearing a red coat with a white fur collar and cuffs, red pants with white fur cuffs, a red hat with white fur, and a black leather belt and boots, holding a bag full of children’s presents. He is generally depicted as laughing in a manner that sounds like “ho ho ho”. 

In the 19th century, owing to the major influence of the 1823 poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Thomas Nast, a Caricaturist, and political cartoonist, also played a part in the development of the image of Santa. In music, radio, television, children’s books, films, and advertisements, this picture has been retained and enhanced. 

A 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia was Saint Nicholas of Myra. Nicholas was known around the world for his charitable gifts to the needy, particularly offering dowries to the three poor daughters of a devout Christian so that they would not have to become prostitutes.  From an early age, he was extremely devout and dedicated his life to Christianity entirely. He is generally depicted in biblical robes in continental Europe as a bearded priest. 

During Henry VIII rule in England, Father Christmas dates back as far as the 16th century, when he was pictured as a large man in green or scarlet robes lined with fur. At Christmas, he typified the spirit of good cheer, offering goodwill, laughter, good food, and wine, and revelry. The Father Christmas festival was moved to 25 December to coincide with Christmas Day, as England no longer celebrated the feast day of St. Nicholas on 6 December. Christmas’s Victorian restoration featured Father Christmas as the symbol of good cheer. His physical appearance was variable, with one famous image being the illustration by John Leech of the “Ghost of Christmas Present” in the festive classic of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol (1843), as a great brilliant man in a green coat lined with fur who on the present Christmas morning takes Scrooge through the bustling streets of London, sprinkling the essence of Christmas on the happy population.

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