Monday, December 21, 2015

A Short History of Santa Claus in 8 Facts

A Short History of Santa Claus in 8 Facts

WESTLAND, Mich. –– How well do you really know Santa Claus? If you're wondering what makes the portly, bearded fellow in a red suit the legend he is, check out this short history of Santa Claus in eight listed facts.

A Short History of Santa Claus in 8 Facts

  • Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, a charitable 4th-century Bishop of Myra, a city in Turkey known for his charitable attitude and generosity towards others.
  • Santa Claus was a bachelor until James Rees wrote the short story A Christmas Legend in 1849 and introduced Mrs. Claus as as Santa Claus' wife.
  • Around the world, Santa Claus is referred to by many names: Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Father Christmas, Black Peter, Kris Kringle, Pere Noel, La Befana, Sinter Klaas and, of course, Santa, to name a few.
  • Due to international time zones, Santa Claus has 31 hours to deliver presents
  • To deliver presents in 31 hours, Santa Claus would have to travel at a speed of 4,796,250 mph. 
  • Santa's nine reindeer are named Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen
  • Santa Claus wore a green suit before his red suit, which originated in paintings and, famously, Coca-Cola advertisements.
  • In his book, A History of New York, from 1809, Washington Irivng describes Santa Claus as a portly, bearded man who smokes a pipe and squeezes down chimneys to deliver gifts

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