How was Santa Claus Created?BY DANIEL WORLEY
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D in Patara, near Myra in the modern day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. To this day, he is thought to be mainly as the jolly man in red, but his story stretches all the way back to the 3rd century.
St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the 3rd century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor, which is now called Turkey. He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was really young and left him with a lot of money. He was a kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. There are many legends of St. Nicholas (many are not sure if those legends are true or just made up stories).
The most famous story about St. Nicholas tells of how the custom of hanging up stockings to get presents started. The story is that there was this poor man, a father to three daughters. He wanted to get a dowry for his daughters so they could get married, but did not have the money for a present like that. (A dowry is a sum of money paid to the bridegroom by the bride’s parents on the wedding day. This happens in some countries, even today.)
One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney and into the house. This meant that the oldest daughter was able to get married.