The True Story of Santa Claus

#santaclaus Today we ask ourselves, who is this man to whom thousands of children from all over the world write a letter telling him how they have behaved and asking him for a gift for Christmas night? Today I will tell you the true story of Santa Claus, so that you can tell the children. OH, OH, OH!

The story goes that Nicholas of Bari, who would later become Saint Nicholas, was born in the 4th century in Patara, a city in the district of Lycia, in what is now Turkey, into a rich and affluent family.

Since he was a child, Nicolás stood out for his kindness and generosity with the poorest, always caring for the good of others. Even though he was very young, the boy lost his parents, victims of a plague epidemic, becoming the heir to a great fortune. At the age of 19, Nicholas decided to give all his wealth to those most in need and go to Mira with his uncle to dedicate himself to the priesthood.

While there, he was appointed bishop and became the patron saint of Turkey, Greece and Russia. In addition, he was named Patron Saint of sailors because, according to a story, some of them were in the midst of a terrible storm on the high seas and finding themselves lost, they began to pray and ask God for the saint's help, and the waters calmed down.

Saint Nicholas died on December 6 in the year 345. Since that date is very close to Christmas, it was decided that this saint was the perfect figure to hand out gifts and treats to children on Christmas Day. Since the 6th century, temples began to be built in his honor and in 1087 his remains were taken to Bari, in Italy.

In the 12th century, the Catholic tradition of Saint Nicholas grew in Europe, and by the 17th century, Dutch emigrants brought the custom to the United States, where cookies or homemade cakes and a glass of milk are usually left to Santa Claus.

By the way, as a curiosity, the name Santa Claus was created after the name of the saint in German, Saint Nikolaus or Nicholas. That's where the 'Claus' thing will come from.

The appearance of Saint Nicholas of Bari was very different from what is attributed to him today: he had a slim build and was of great stature. And the fact that he is always represented with a bag and has a reputation as a gift-giving gift-giving is due to the fact that, on one occasion, the saint learned that the daughter of one of his neighbors was going to get married and his father had no money for the dowry, so he decided to give him a bag with gold coins. Thus, the wedding was able to take place and, since then, the custom of exchanging gifts at Christmas has gained strength.

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