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Santa Claus is a legendary gift-giving figure in many cultures who distributes provides to
small children, usually on December 24, Xmas Eve. The popular American variety Santa
Claus originated as a mispronunciation of Dutch Sinterklaas which is a contracted type of
Sint Nicolaas (Saint Nicholas).

Father Christmas is a perfectly-loved figure in many countries and predates the "Santa
Claus" character. "Father Xmas" is identical in several approaches, while the two have fairly
unique origins. Utilizing 'Santa' in destinations that predominantly call him 'Father Christmas'
is usually viewed as an Americanism and is quite scarce, even though they are usually
regarded as the similar character. Father Christmas is also current as a substitute of "Santa"
in Albania ("Babadimri"), Armenia ("Gaghant Baba"), Denmark ("Julemanden"), Hungary
("Mikuls"), Italy ("Babbo Natale"), Lithuania ("Kaledu Senelis"), Brazil ("Papai Noel"),
Portugal ("Pai Natal"), Romania ("Mos Craciun"), Russia (Ded Moroz ), Germany
("Weihnachtsmann" or "Nikolaus"), Scottish Highlands ("Daidan na Nollaig"), France and
French Canada ("Le Pre Nol"), Eire ("Daid na Nollaig"), Finland ("Joulupukki"), Norway
("Julenissen"), Sweden ("Jultomten"), Bulgaria ("Dyado Koleda"), Turkey ("Noel Baba"),
Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina ("Deda Mraz"), Spain and Spanish-talking Latin America
("Pap Noel"), Afghanistan ("Baba Chaghaloo"), Iraq and South Africa ("Vader Kersfees"),
Chile (Viejo Pascuero), Malta ("San Niklaw"), Egypt ("Papa Nol"), Iran ("Baba Noel").

Santa Claus, legendary bringer of presents at Xmas is commonly depicted as a body fat, jolly
person with a white beard, dressed in a crimson go well with trimmed with white, and driving
a sleigh total of toys drawn by way of the air by 8 reindeer. Santa (also called Saint Nicholas
and Saint Nick) is reported to pay a visit to on Christmas Eve, getting into homes by means
of the chimney to leave presents under the Xmas tree and in the stockings of all great small

The historical Saint Nicholas was honored in early Christian legend for conserving storm-
tossed sailors, defending young little ones, and providing generous items to the very poor.
Though numerous of the tales about Saint Nicholas are of doubtful authenticity , his legend
spread through Europe, emphasizing his purpose as a standard bringer of presents. The
Christian figure of Saint Nicholas changed or integrated many pagan gift-providing figures
such as the Roman Befana and the Germanic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht.

In these nations Nicholas was sometimes stated to journey by means of the sky on a horse.
He was depicted sporting a bishop's robes and was stated to be accompanied at moments
by Black Peter, an elf whose task was to whip the naughty children. The feast day of
Nicholas, when offers were been given, was traditionally observed on December six. Just
after the Reformation, German Protestants inspired veneration of the (Christ child) as a gift
giver on his personal feast working day, December 25. When the Nicholas tradition prevailed,
it turned attached to Christmas alone.

The American edition of the Santa Claus determine gained its inspiration and its title from the
Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, introduced by settlers to New York in the 17th century. As early
as 1773 the name appeared in the American press as St. A Claus, but it was the popular
author Washington Irving who gave People in america their 1st thorough facts about the
Dutch model of Saint Nicholas.