THE SANTA KLAUS STORY

The story of Santa Klaus must be simply told.
I believe in Santa Klaus and so should you.
As we all know, Santa Klaus lives in a winter wonderland in the North Pole.
Actually, it’s in the town of Rovaniemi in the north of Finland and one day, you never know, you might make the nostalgic pilgrimage there.
Santa has a team of elves helping him day and night to reply to the thousands of emails, letters, texts and phone calls from children who declare their christmas present wish list.
Every year on the night before Christmas, 24th December, Santa Klaus sets off on his sleigh, driven by nine reindeer (with Rudolf and his funny red nose at the helm) and delivers Christmas presents to the children of the world.
Let’s remember the names of the reindeer. They all have an important role to play.
In addition to Rudolf, the reindeer are called Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
There was once a great and kind benovolent man who lived in the fourth century and whose name was Nicholas.
He came from Turkey and travelled far and wide across Europe and as far field as the Netherlands to help needy people who were poor and sick.
The Netherlands adopted him as their patron saint. His special day is 6th December.
Dutch folk emigrated to the United States of America during the nineteenth century and St. Nicholas developed into a story of folklore and legend.
St. Nicholas was transformed from the image of a religious bishop into a man we identify so readily today as Santa Klaus.
Santa Klaus is literally a contraction of St. Nicholas although others would have you believe that it is a deliberate mis-spelling of Satan Lucas ith demonic meaning.
Poets, illustrators, actors and product merchants have contrived to bring us the modern day Santa Klaus which has been completely transformed from the original and more revered St. Nicholas.
Perhaps it all started with Clement Moore and the poem he wrote and had published in 1822 called ‘A Night Before Christmas’.
The poem depicts a portly white man with a long white beard, wearing a red and white costume and riding on a flying sleigh driven by eight reindeer.

The names of the reindeer come from that poem.
Thomas Nast took the story a step further and sketched an illustration in which a young girl posted a letter to Santa Claus in the North Pole.
Haddon Sundblom, a Swedish man, brought the image to life as a portly old man who distributed gifts to children at Christmastime.
Coca Cola saw the commercial potential of it and used Santa Klaus, alias Haddon Sundblom, as the front man for the launch of their new soft drink in December 1936.
It would be another three years more before Robert May made his contribution by composing the song ‘Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer’.
Now there were nine reindeer and Rudolf’s red nose was called a makeshift lamp to see through the fog while the sleigh flew across the sky.
Today, children rejoice in singing songs about Santa Klaus. ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Santa Klaus is coming to town’ and ‘Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer’ are three of the most popular and well known Santa songs.
Santa Klaus is real for millions of children across the world. He brings gifts and joy into their lives.
No amount of political correctness or religious interpretation should be allowed to shatter that illusion for children or adult alike.
I believe in Santa Klaus.

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