Santa Claus

Santa Claus

Updated Aug 21, 2014 at 10:18PM EDT by RandomMan.

Added Mar 31, 2013 at 04:55PM EDT by Twenty-One.

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Santa Claus (a.k.a. Saint Nicholas, Santa, Father Christmas) is a mythical figure, who is stated to travel around the world on the night of 24 December, delivering presents to good children. He is said to ride on a sleigh, driven by 9 reindeer, named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Doner, Blitzen and Rudolph.

Origin

It is thought that the idea of Santa Claus arose from a combination of many previous gift-giving figures, such as Saint Nicholas and Sinterklaas. In 1809, Washington Irving’s[1] book, “History of New York”, the dutch figure of Sinterklaas was Americanized into “Santa Claus”.

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In 1821, the book “A New-year’s present, to the little ones from five to twelve” was published. This book contained a poem titled “Old Santeclaus”, which showed an old man on a reindeer sleigh, bringing presents to children. One of the first images of Santa Claus was drawn by cartoonist Thomas Nast[2], and first shown in 1863, in Harper’s Weekly[3].

The idea of Santa Claus was further shown in L. Frank Baum’s[4] book “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus”,[5] in 1902. However, it is widely considered that the idea of Santa Claus was spread the most through The Coca Cola company[6], using an image of Santa drawn by Haddon Sundblom in their 1930’s Christmas advertising.

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[1]Wikipedia – Washington Irving

[2]Wikipedia – Thomas Nast

[3]Wikipedia – Harper’s Weekly

[4]Wikipedia – L. Frank Baum

[5]Wikipedia – The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

[6]Wikipedia – The Coca Cola company

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