The Santa Claus Connection
Part of the Saint Nicholas Page honoring Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker
The story of Santa Claus is inextricable from Saint Nicholas of Myra. The name and person of Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas, with heavy doses of local cultural influence, particularly from the Protestant countries of Northern Europe, where veneration of saints was abolished. America contributed Santa's elfish quality.
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