How Santa Came About?

This is How Santa Came About!


Jillian Scuturo-Mickunas, Contributor

     You already know about the big fat holly jolly man who goes through the chimney to deliver presents, but where did he come from and is he even real? Santa Clause, or St. Nicholas, is originally from 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. 

      It is said that he was admired for his piety and kindness. He was credited with stopping a violet storm that saved doomed sailors, but he was mostly known for giving away his inherited wealth and travelling the countryside helping the poor and sick. 

     St. Nicholas originally got his name, Santa Clause, from the Dutch but, they called him Sinter Klaas and over time it changed to what we call him now. In Greek, the name “Nicholas” means “people’s victory.” 

     In Scandinavia they had an elf named Jultomen who was thought to deliver gifts in a sleigh drawn by goats. In Frace, Pere Noel is responsible for filling shoes of the French children. In Italy, there is a story about a woman called La Befana, who was a good witch who rides a broomstick down the chimneys of the children’s homes to deliver presents to good children. 

     Have you ever read the book “Twas The Night Before Christmas” written by Clement Clarke Moore? Well, he made up the 8 reindeer that Santa has to fly his sleigh. 

     I asked a few people if they knew what country Santa Clause was from and here Is what they had to say. An 8th grader named Aryn Williams said “North Carolina.” Another 8th grader, Sage Best stated, “the North Pole. “Another anonymous person said “Poland.” 

     Santa Clause is still a mystery to all whether you are a believer or not so have a Holly Jolly Christmas and remember Clement Clarke Moore and his poem that said, “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night”.