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In a way, yes. The 'Father Christmas' figure in a flying sleigh is not - as this depiction of Santa Claus is fictional and resulted from the mixture of Norse mythology and the Christmas story. However, Santa Claus, as any child knows, really exists - or at least existed a long time ago and his spirit still lives on. 'Santa' actually means 'Saint' (where we get 'sanctify and Santa Maria from) and Claus (pronounced Klowss) is the shortened form of the name Nicholas. So Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was born in Turkey, was a devout Christian and became Bishop of Myra (hence his red robes as 'Father Christmas'). He inherited a large fortune from his parents which he gave, in secret, to the poor. Legend has it that he once left three bags of gold in secret for a father who had three daughters but who would be forced to sell them into slavery as he was too poor to marry them off. He did this by dropping the bags down the chimney where they ended up in the fireplace in shoes (or socks?) drying there. This is where we get our custom of 'hanging up the stockings' from on Christmas Eve. As a result of his good life Nicholas was made a saint and became the patron saint of poor people and of pawnbrokers - hence the pawnbroker sign of three golden balls (representing the three bags of gold). Many miracles were attributed to Nicholas including stilling a storm at sea, and bringing back to life three boys murdered by a cruel innkeeper. As a result Nicholas was made patron saint of sailors and children. So at Christmas, when we give and receive presents as a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Wise Men, let's not forget that St Nicholas's spirit of freely giving - in secret - lives on in the traditional Santa Claus.
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santa is a person who comes in your house and gives chirstans things but if you are bad he gives you cole....I LOVE HIM!
Of Course He Does. Have You not Heard Talk About Mrs Clause
Santa lives at the North Pole.
Yes. The story of Santa Claus is believed to have originated from the real St Nicholas, who was born in Lycia, Greece (now part of southern Turkey) during the third century. … St Nicholas/Nicolas was brought up in a devout Christian family. His parents taught him to be generous and to serve others. He had a reputation for secretly giving to the poor, and he was also known for his love for children, and his concern for sailors who often worked under some difficult conditions. Nicholas was persecuted for his faith under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and died on 6 December 343. Answer: Like the superpositioning of Christmas on the winter solstice to allow converts to maintain a winter celebration, Santa Claus was regifted from Norse and Germanic traditions. In Norse Mythology, Odin's magical eight-legged steed Sleipnir was capable of bearing him through the air and to and from the land of the dead. Odin, each winter at Yule, would launch a great hunt with fellow gods and slain warriors Little children would stuff their boots full of carrots, straw and sugar for Odin's flying horse to eat and set them near the chimney at night. Odin, who like Santa is described as an old, bearded, mysterious man, would reward them for this kindness by leaving gifts or candy in place of Sleipnir's food. In some European traditions (Dutch folklore) both Saint Nicolas and Odin ride white horses that can fly through the air. St. Nocolas leaves letters made of candy for the children to remind them of rune letters bestowed by Odin in Norse legend. The Durch brought this type of celebration with the Odin association to America. Even Santa's "eight reindeer" remind us of the eight legs of Odin's wondrous steed. This particular tradition may be as easily associated with the Norse god Thor, who rode the sky in a chariot drawn by two goats, Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjóstr.
Santa Claus is the modern name for St. Nicholas, a bishop from the fourth century. He was from a devout Christian family in Patara, a village in Greece, now part of Turkey. Hi…s parents died while he was young and he took Jesus' words about "sell what you own and give the money to the poor" which in his case, as he had a sizable inheritance, was ample to serve God assisting the needy, sick, and the suffering. He was made Bishop of Myra while still young, and buried in his Cathedral. His complete story is on the link below, along with a second link (which is part of the St. Nicholas site) for children. His feast day is 6 December. He died about the year 346 of natural causes. For more information, see the biography link below.
Santa is around to bring happiness and joy, and to inspire kindness and generosity.
Santa Claus is a Christian, albeit tenusous Christmas Custom. Japan is primarily a Buddhist nation with many sects and variants, some with a strong emphasis on Emperor Worship…. Hirohito was considered to be a divine being, the Son of Heaven. ( the joke was his eyeglasses were explained away as ( spots on the sun) as there are such prominences- and they affect TV, radio, etc. For a while Sunspots was a sort of nouveau-chic term for eyeglasses, but passed out of usage. As Japan is primarily Buddhist- well there is no Santa-San so to speak. Back to the Nikon and Konica and other fine cameras.
We have Santa Claus in order to spread hope and joy and the ideals of kindness and generosity.
because hes a christian get it if u dont laugh, u will wish you had. biches
Claus is a diminutive of the name Nicholas , so it means Saint Nich.
Christmas as we know it today is the amalgamation of many ideas from different beliefs. Santa Claus is just one part of it, representing Saint Nicholas and his reputation for …bringing gifts.
because it wouldn't sound right especially for the little kids like me Santa Claus is the best name he could have and if you have a problem sorry and it is also easier to pron…ounce Santa Claus
That the apostles Bartholomew (died August 24, 1st century A.D.?) and Thomas (died December 21, A.D. 72) were successful proselytizers, bishoprics were established in key loca…tions, Jesuits were permitted entrance in the sixteenth century, and the Italian embassy operates the only recognized Christian Church in the Islamic Republic are reasons why Santa Claus is part of Afghanistan's culture. The first three above-mentioned factors were critical to the consolidation of Christianity -- albeit as a minority religion -- while the fourth may be credited for the introduction of the cultural components -- such as Santa Claus -- into Christian Afghani life.
Santa Claus is based on a real person; St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas lived sometimes around 300 A.D. The image we have of Santa Claus now comes mainly from 'Twas the Night Before… Christmas' which was written by Dr. Clement C. Moore in 1822.
I am 10 years old, and today I just found out that all the magical creatures our parents tell us are real and we believe, are not. Yesterday I had doubts about the tooth f…airy after my friend told me her mom said it was fake and that she was the tooth fairy. I Pulled a tooth and didn't tell my mom for proof. When I woke up it was still there and I had no money. I asked my mom about it today, and I guess she thought it was time and that I was ready. She told me the tooth fairy was fake. I was sad about it, but then something hit me. What about Santa Clause, The Easter Bunny, even my elves on the shelf! I went back and asked her about them, and she told me, they were fake too. I was absolutely devastated. I was NOT ready to find out that SANTA was FAKE.. But she told me, It's not about if they're real or not, it's about whether you believe, and the magic you feel.
No. Astral projection has to do with the soul traveling outside the body. It has absolutely nothing to do with horses or reindeer.