A Boy Dressed As Santa Claus With A Toy-Filled Sled Drawn By White Turkeys In 1909
Dashing Through The Snow
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa Claus sliding down the chimneys of boys and girls to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Of course, his preferred method of transportation is the sleigh, drawn by what else, but reindeer, never mind the fact that reindeer don’t fly in reality. The custom of Christmas presents has its original roots buried in the Roman tradition of giving gifts on New Year’s Day. Once the church named Christ’s birthday as December 25, this Roman tradition was connected to the gifts from the three wise men. The origins of Santa Claus are also connected to the legend of Saint Nicholas, a Turkish bishop who gave gifts. Saint Nicholas died in the 4th Century, sparking a gift-giving tradition across Europe. To commemorate his death, good children woke up to find a toy from Saint Nicholas on December 6. In Holland, Saint Nicholas became Sinterklass, hence his eventual name, Santa Claus.