Santa Claus and his Dutch Origins

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Santa Claus Origins

And his Dutch Connections…

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The origins of Santa Claus – the Dutch connection

 

The Dutch have contributed a lot to America. Wall Street, tulips and even the term “Yankee.” (Never knew that one)
But jolly good Santa Claus?! Yes, they are the one’s behind that as well!

Santa Claus really did exist. His name was Saint Nicholas. (Now clear why American’s also call him “Saint Nick”) Santa Claus origins- He came from Spain as the Dutch legend goes. (actually he was from Turkey) He loved helping poor children on the streets and giving them presents. When he passed-away, people continued to celebrate what he did by giving presents on his birthday. This true story turned into the Dutch legend of Saint Nicholas or Sinterklaas.

“By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.” Source – History.com

Enter Christmas, an invention largely by Coca Cola (revived the Santa Claus origins) and the department stores at that time in America. We read further:

“St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death.

The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). In 1804, John Pintard, a member of the New York Historical Society, distributed woodcuts of St. Nicholas at the society’s annual meeting.” – Source – History.com

History of Santa claus origins, more then meets the eyes. Still not sure about Santa’s elves though…

The Dutch Sinterklaas – the origins of Santa Claus

The Santa Claus origins and the Dutch Sinterklaas. More then meets the eye. What is nice about the tradition is that it has a real-life person behind it. A God-fearing man.

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