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Does Santa really exist? The origin and legend of Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a mysterious figure who quietly presents presents presents to children on Christmas Eve. He is one of the representatives of Christmas. So is there really Santa Claus in the world? It turns out that Santa Claus is not imaginary, but archetypal.

Santa Claus

It is said that every night on December 24, a mysterious man would fly in a sleigh pulled by nine reindeer, enter the house from the chimney door-to-door, and then secretly put the gifts in the socks of a good child's bed, or pile them under the Christmas tree beside the fireplace. He spent the rest of the year making gifts and supervising children's behavior.

Although no one has ever seen the mysterious man, people will dress up as him to give gifts to children. He is usually described as an old man with a red hat, a big white beard, a red cotton padded coat, red boots on his feet, and a big bag containing gifts. Because he always presents presents on Christmas Eve, he is often called "Santa Claus".

Does Santa Claus really exist? Santa Claus prototype gujaras

The prototype of Santa Claus -- gujaras

Santa Claus is generally regarded as the derivative image of Saint Nicholas, a Christian saint. Nikolay was a rich bishop who lived in Asia Minor in the 4th century. He was kind, generous and very kind to his children.

The orthodox respect Nikolay as a miracle maker. Nikolay's family was very rich and his parents were Christians. Nikolay's parents died early. He donated all his property to the poor, joined the church and served the society for life. Later, Nicholas became a priest and was promoted to the bishop. After his death, people called him a saint. He was a white bearded old man in a red robe and a red hat. Nicholas has done a lot of charities in his life. He always likes to help the poor people in secret. Gradually, Santa Claus has become a nickname for him.

The most familiar story about gujaras is the story of secretly giving money to help three girls.

Once upon a time there was a kind-hearted nobleman whose wife died of illness, leaving him and his three daughters behind. The aristocrat tried many inventions and failed, but also ran out of money, so they had to move to a farmhouse, and his daughters had to cook, sew and clean themselves.

A few years later, the daughters gradually reached the age of marriage, but the father became more depressed because he had no money to buy dowries for his daughters.

One night, after washing, the girls hung their stockings in front of the fireplace to dry. When Saint Nicholas learned about their father's situation, he came to their house that night. He saw from the window that the whole family had fallen asleep and noticed the girls' stockings. Then he took out three packets of gold from his pocket and dropped them one by one from the chimney, just in the girls' stockings.

The next morning, the girls woke up to find that their stockings were full of gold, enough for their dowry. The aristocrat was able to see his daughters get married and live a happy life.

Later, children all over the world inherited the tradition of hanging Christmas socks. In some countries, children have other similar customs, such as in France, children put their shoes beside the fireplace and so on.

Santa Claus in Europe is basically from Nicholas, but it has different characteristics in different countries.