How did the story of Saint Nicholas start? Well, Santa Claus also known as Saint Nicholas, the Father of Christmas, Kris Kringle, and Old Saint Nick is derived from the dutch figure of Sinterklaas. Sinterklass is a historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. During the Christianization of Europe the figure absorbed elements of the pagan god Odin. Over a period of time that character merged with the Britsh folklore character, Father Christmas, and—voila! Modern day Santa emerged.
Santa is typically seen as portly, joyous, white-bearded man with glasses, wearing red pants, a red coat with white cuffs, black leather belt and boots. He’s known to live in the North Pole and work in a toy workshop with his helper elves making toys. He delivers the toys driving a sled pulled by flying reindeers.
The 1934 song, ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” introduced the idea that “nice” kids receive presents but naughty kids don’t. Santa supposedly makes a list of children all over the world and categorize them under naughty or nice and deliver toys and candy to the nice children and coal to the bad children. In American culture, he brings these gifts to the homes of good children on December 24, the day before Christmas, but in European culture he brings the presents on December 6.
Santa is a folktale to make Christmas more exciting for the younger kids, so they have something to wake up early for on Christmas day— and something to bother their parents with for about a week after, until they forget they ever got it.
And thats the way it always should be.