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CHRISTMAS THING OF THE DAY: The History of Santa Claus
December 21, 2011
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So every 24th of December, a man dressed in a red and white suit flies around the world, breaks into people's houses via their chimneys, and leaves behind gifts in exchange for milk and cookies.

Who is this character, and where did he come from? The short answer is obviously Santa Claus, but who is that really? And what makes him different from, say, St. Nicholas - two names we have been known to use interchangeably from time to time?

To answer these and other questions about the mysterious man in the airborne sleigh, C.G.P. Grey has assembled the following video history of Santa, making the connection between Mr. Claus and his European predecessors - and debunking the myth that the whole thing was invented by Coca Cola:



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C.G.P. Grey's Blog

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