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1
Santa Claus Takes Shape
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The New York Historical Society hosted a Saint Nicholas anniversary dinner in 1810. The Society commissioned an artist who sketched Saint Nick as a religious figure who left gifts in the stockings of children which had been hung by the fireplace to dry.

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The Making of an Icon
wikipedia
In his 1822 poem, 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', Clement C. Moore combined several customs to write about a tiny man with a sleigh pulled by miniature reindeer, who flew from house-to-house delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. You may be more familiar with the modern title of this poem, 'The Night Before Christmas'.

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Experimenting with Colour Choices
Through the 1800s, Santa Claus was often shown wearing different colours including purple, green, blue and red. The other colours faded in popularity, and by the early 1900s, Santa was portrayed in a red suit with white trim.

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Sinter Klaas to Santa Claus
Wikipedia
It's thought the tradition of Saint Nicholas became rooted in North America with the arrival of Dutch settlers and a wave of interest in Dutch customs in the late 1700s. The Dutch referred to him as Sinterklaas.

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Santa Claus is NOT a Product of Coca-Cola
wikipedia
Some credit Santa’s colour choices to a series of Coca-Cola ads in the 1940s which showed him dressed in the red and white colours of Coca-Cola. In reality, Santa Claus had already been associated with those colours years before - helped by a number of Norman Rockwell paintings showing Santa Claus as a jolly man suited up in red and
white.

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It All Started with Bishop Nicholas
Wikipedia
Bishop Nicholas lived in Turkey 1700 years ago. After his death, the Roman Catholic Church awarded him sainthood after he was credited with performing a number of miracles involving children and sailors.

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Merging to Form one Celebration
Wikipedia
Saint Nicholas was celebrated each December 6th with Feast Day. In the 300s, the Catholic Church decided to celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25th, because the actual date of his birth was unknown. Being close together on the calendar, Feast Day and Christmas were merged into one celebration.

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