The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back from hundreds of years ago. Almost every country and culture has their own stories about where Santa even came from, and who he originally was before he became the most mystical of all holiday tales.

Ole Kris Kringle or Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas or whatever you may call him, has had his very loving and giving spirit since the beginning of every story ever told about him.

However, what we do know is that during the 3rd century, when Saint Nicholas walked the earth, he became the patron saint of children because of how well he loved and cared for them. He was born in modern-day Turkey in 280 A.D. It is believed that he inherited lots of wealth from his parents when they had passed away. But, he didn’t believe that he needed all of that by any means and would eventually turn to give it to those less fortunate, including orphans.

It was until 1773 and again in 1774 where Santa was introduced to the United States. A New York reporter wrote about Dutch families who would come together to mourn the loss of their beloved Sinter Klaas – which is where we get Santa Claus. Once those stories were told of the selfless man who once was seen as the protector of children, the modern-day stories of Santa started to unfold and be created. From shopping mall Santas, to the one that actually comes into your home Christmas Eve night – there are so many ways to celebrate the man, the myth, the legend.

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