1881 illustration bi Thomas Nast wha, alang wi Clement Clarke Moore's poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", helped tae create the modren eemage o Santae Claus

Santae Claus, kent as Saunt Nicholas, Saunt Nick, Kris Kringle, Faither Christmas, or simply Santae an aw, is a legendary feegur o Wastren cultur that's said tae bring gifts tae the hames o well-behaved ("guid" or "nice") bairns on Christenmas Eve (24 December) an the wee smaw oors o Christenmas Day (25 December).[1] The modren Santae Claus grew oot o tradeetions surroondin the historical Saunt Nicholas, a fowert-century Greek bishop an gift-gier o Myra, the Breetish feegur o Faither Christenmas, the Dutch feegur o Sinterklaas (himsel based on Saunt Nicholas), the German feegur o the Christkind (a fabulised Christ Bairn), an the halidays o Twalt Nicht an Epiphany an thair associatit figurs o the Three Keengs (based on the gift-givin Magi o the Nativity) an Befana. Some mainteen Santae Claus an aa absorbed elements o the Germanic god Wodan, wha wis associatit wi the paugan midwinter event o Yuil an led the Wild Hunt, a ghaistly procession throu the sky.

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  1. Krulwich, Robert. "How Does Santa Do It?". ABC News. Retrieved December 25, 2015.