Santa Claus

The Ho Ho Ho Heard 'Round the World

Michael Bublé - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town [Official Music Video]

The Story Behind the Gift Giving

There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a marriage settlement, so his daughters couldn't get married. One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house. The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas.

Where did the name Santa Claus originated from?

Santa Claus comes from the Dutch words "Sinter Klaas", which is what they call their favorite saint, St. Nicholas. He is said to have died on December 6, A.D. 342. December 6th is celebrated as his feast day, and in many countries this the day he arrive with his presents and punishments.

Santa's Day Around the World

In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. St. Nicholas Day is on December 6. Some places he arrives in the middle of November and moves about the countryside, visiting schools and homes to find out if children have been good. Other places he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children's wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.

Where St. Nicholas is well known, his day, not Christmas, is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held the day before or on December 5th. People may leave shoes or stockings for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself.

Ho Ho Ho I'm hungry

Santa Claus is coming to town in just a few nights! He needs his energy to make the long trip around the world, and he’ll probably appreciate a snack on the road. Good old Kris Kringle probably gets bored of house after house of chocolate chip and milk, so why don’t you make something a little different for him this year? yummy!

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