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Christmas is just around the corner, and so our lovely Santa Claus. We celebrate it on 25th of December all over the world as the birthday of Jesus Christ. We associate Christmas with merry-making, traditions of giving and time with family. It is one of my favorite holidays due to the air of fun and frolic in it.
The jolly holiday is a part of the winter tradition and exciting for the Children. As the art of giving is associated with Christmas, Santa Claus is a well-known giving figure. The plump, jolly man in red is recognizable to us.
Santa Claus may look like a make belief for children, but it is much more than that. The plump man wears a red suit and is fond of giving gifts to children. Everyone, us knows that he lives in the North Pole and rides a sleigh.
Parents often hide presents as Santa’s present to the children. It is a tradition associated with Christmas that is warm and reminds us of our childhood. But the character has been a part of history and has an exciting story.
Where did Santa Claus come from?
A little lower from the North Pole Santa may have originated from a place which is now in Turkey. St Nicholas was the Patron Saint of Giving, and his birth date is around 280 A.D. He became the Bishop of Myra, and he worked for the poor and needy.
For his kindness, he is remembered by tales. This belief spread, and he gradually became associated with children. As he became more popular, people all over Europe embraced his belief. We know St. Nicholas for his tales of saving children.
His feast day is on 6th December, and maybe that is why he is associated with Christmas. The Dutch calls him the Sinterklass which sounds quite similar to the modern day Santa Claus. The tradition became quite famous in the 18th and 19th centuries. The popular writer Washington Irving also had a hand in contributing to the modern image of Santa.
The significance of Clement Moore in creating Santa Claus:
Clement Moore penned the poem ‘A visit from Saint Nicholas’ in 1822. It is today known as the “Twas the Night before Christmas.” It was one of the poems which reinforced the idea of Santa Claus. Published just before Christmas it mentioned the reindeer and the sleigh.
The poem has made the image stick in our mind. The plump, chimney crashing man is in everybody’s mind. The poem of Moore inspired Thomas Nast to create an image of Santa. In 1881 the familiar Santa Claus came to life. He made sure that Santa wore a red coat lined with fur and had the sack of toys.
Along with the myths and tales, the modern day commercialism also gave rise to Santa. Companies used him in the advertisements. Santa Claus also became a part of the shopping mall scene throughout the world. As Christmas shopping grew so did the show of live Santa. Kids liked the experience and parents had to invest in it.
Common Rituals associated with Santa Claus:
As Santa Claus is an important figure, so are the rituals associated with him. Let us know some of them:
- North America celebrates Christmas holiday in a grand way. Santa Claus, his elves, and reindeer are available at shopping complexes to please the kids. The children sit on the lap of Santa and give them their wish list of gifts. The children also take photos with the Santa crew.
- The stockings are line by the fireplace or chimney as Santa comes down to it. The family sets up the Christmas tree together, and they leave milk and cookies for Santa. This teaches the idea of giving to the children.
- These days’ children are able to write emails to Santa Claus, and designated writers answer them. This makes the children happy and satisfied with the idea of Santa Claus.
- Parents often buy secret presents for their children and hide them. They place it under the tree so that children can have them in the morning.
- Many people follow something called secret Santa. In it, people give anonymous gifts to each other for sharing the experience.
Now we understand that the lores of St. Nicholas have taken the form of the modern Santa Claus. But the main aim of it is to remember the act of giving and of being empathetic. I would always cherish the memories of Santa Claus and would also include them in my children. I think it helps them to be a better human being. Additionaly would also like to convey stories of St. Nicholas as he was a great man.
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