Santa Claus, our Father Christmas
Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas or Father Christmas or simply Santa… or Saint Basil, Who was he?
Christmas, Christmas. Only Six days left to Christmas and everybody is today buying presents. Everybody? Well, maybe someone has not money and cannot buy presents for the family and friends. Don’t worry! Santa Claus will come and will give happiness to everyone who had behaved correctly this 2012.
Santa Claus is also known as Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas or simply “Santa”. He is a figure with legendary, mythical and folkloric origins. In many Western cultures, he is the protagonist of the 24th of December, because he is the responsible of bringing gifts to the homes of the good children (and adults) during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve.
However, Santa Claus has historical origins too. He was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas. In fact, of Christian bishop and gift giver Saint Nicholas, who put secretly moneys in the shoes of poor people. Thus, he is the model for current Santa Claus.
A very similar story is attributed by Greek Orthodox and Byzantine Christian folklore to Saint Basil of Caesarea, who was another fantastic good-giver. Saint Basil celebration day is on January 1 and it is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.
Catholic people prefer The Three Wises Men as gift-givers (now, they are Four, according with Pope twitter!!!!). They celebrate on January 6 the time of exchanging presents.
Anyway, Happy Christmas with very many presents for you, your family and friends!