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12/19/13 OT: Ho Ho Ho




Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply "Santa", is a mythical figure with legendary,historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24,the night before Christmas. However, in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas' Day, December 6.[1]The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographicaltales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led theWild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmasmerged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

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