Happy Merry Christmas
Santa Claus is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santy, or simply Santa. He is a figure with historical significance who, according to many Western cultures, brings gifts to the children on the night of 24th December just before Christmas Day. The term Santa Claus is derived from the British figure of Father Christmas, the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, and Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. As per the myth, during the Christianization of Germanic Europe, he had absorbed elements of god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky.
He is generally depicted as a joyful, white bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, black leather belts and boots with a cone hat.
He is represented as a hearty man with inexhaustible cheer abounding his happiness. This happiness he carried and exuded signifies his big belly.
His White Beard signifies his wisdom. An old man with impeccable white beard with a lot of experience.
St.Nicholas was a bishop and always wore red as bishops normally did. Hence Santa Claus is depicted wearing red as St.Nicholas did.
Apart from all this the jingle bells do have a very close relation with Santa. It depicts that Santa is coming to town. The bells and Christmas carol do make the occasion an enthralling experience filled with joy.
Santa is believed to make lists of all children as per their behavior “Naughty” or “Nice” and deliver gifts to the well behaved ones and coal to the naughty ones. The delivery of gifts happens throughout the world and in this feat, he takes the help of the elves who make toys in the workshop. Also, the reindeers aid in the delivery of gifts by pulling the sleigh.
He is also believed to live at the North Pole and his most famous saying “ho ho ho” is very popular.
Santa has been in use in comics, advertisements, books and has always been portrayed as a cultural icon who is male and is all about joy, peace and caring for others.
While many embrace the true feeling of Christmas with Santa, there are many who strongly oppose about it. Many researchers have wrestled with ways that parents make their children believe the existence of Santa. They believe that this will impact on their critical abilities to weigh real world with the imaginary one. Parents introduce Santa to their children on which the children count on to provide reliable information about the world. Then his existence is affirmed by others both by media and friends. Parents also try to validate by hard evidence: the half-eaten cookies, empty milk glasses etc. In other words, children do a great job of scientifically evaluating Santa. And adults do a great job of duping them.
The true meaning of Christmas and Santa are the joy, peace and caring for others. Let’s celebrate the occasion by doing something good.