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The Legend Of Santa Claus
A long time ago, a bishop named Nicholas lived in what is now the country of Turkey. No one knows much about him. But there are stories that he often helped children who were in need.
Many years, after his death, Nicholas was made a saint. In time, he became the patron saint of children. Today, the date of his death, December 6, is an important holiday in some countries in Europe. On the night before, children put out their shoes or hang up stockings. Early next morning, they rush to see what gifts Saint Nicholas gave them.
Saint Nick in other countries:
England ~ The gift bringer is called Father Christmas. He looks much like Santa Claus, but has a longer coat and a longer beard.
France ~ Santa is known as Père Noël.
Brazil ~ Santa Claus is called Papa Noël.
Germany ~ Children get presents from Christkindl, the Christ child.
Costa Rica, Colombia, and parts of Mexico, ~ the gift bringer is el Niño Jesus, "the Infant Jesus."
Sweden ~ Gifts and goodies are brought by an elf called tomte. He's a Christmas gnome who has a sleigh that is pulled by goats.
Holland ~ Sinterklaas is what the Dutch call Saint Nicholas. He arrives in the city of Amsterdam by boat.
Links To Santa
Santa Claus Naughty Or Nice List
The North Pole
Christmas Coloring Book
The Official Santa Page
Santa Lady's Old Time Postcards
Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!
Christmas Customs Around the World
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Clause
Woofie Bones wonderful world of Christmas
The Story of "Silent Night"
Carol's Christmas Stories
Chris Hill's Christmas Stories