THE REAL STORY OF SANTA CLAUS

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS: Day 6 of 7

St. Nicholas

Hi guys! I’m so excited because tomorrow is Christmas! I’m sorry I missed posting yesterday because it was a crazy day (and I didn’t plan ahead) but I have two posts for you today!

I hope you guys are preparing for Santa tonight! I can’t wait to have a little one of my own to make traditions with and put out treats for Santa with! For now, I want to tell you how we got to the Santa Clause we know and love today!

The story can be traced back to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is said that he was born around 280 A.D. near modern day Turkey. He is known for his devotion to religion and kind heart. One of the most popular tales of St. Nick is that he saved 3 poor little girls from being sold into prostitution by their own father. He became known as a savior of children with his actions over the years.

His legacy was celebrated in Europe and other places close to his origins since his emergence, but it wasn’t until the end of the 18th century when it became a part of American culture. The first introduction of Santa to America was in December of 1773 & 1774, a New York newspaper posted about groups of Dutch families gathering in honor of his death (oh the power of media!!!). “Santa Claus” comes from “Sinter Klaas”, a dutch way to say “St. Nicholas”. Familiar American Christmas images like stocking and fireplaces came around 1804. Stores began advertising it in about 1820 and by the 1840s, it exploded in popularity. Children began looking for Santa Claus’ to visit, so he started appearing in all the stores.

In 1822, Clement Clarke Moore wrote a Christmas poem called “An Account of a Visit from St. NIcholas” (Twas the Night Before Christmas), and this is where our modern image of Santa comes from. The jolly, sleigh and reindeer man we love. Moore was afraid of the response when he published it, but he couldn’t even image that it actually created a piece of Christmas history. It’s a beautiful poem that I recommend reading every Christmas Eve!

Santa has changed very little since then, although his spirit seems to dim a little every year, I hope you keep the idea of Santa alive for your children. For me, he represents hope, imagination, and wonder.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed that post, and have a beautiful Christmas Eve ❤ 

DAY 1- CHRISTMAS CAKE BALLS ❄︎ Easy, Cheap, Delicious

DAY 2- CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

DAY 3- TOP 5 CHRISTMAS MOVIES

DAY 4- DOLLAR STORE CHRISTMAS DECOR

DAY 5- THE DARK SIDE OF CHRISTMAS

THE CHRISTMAS TREE 🎄🎄🎄

MERRY CHRISTMAS ☃️❄️

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