Santa Claus

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That big fat jolly man, in the red suit with the long white beard, the one with 9 reindeer and a magical sleigh, that man who spends all year at the North Pole, getting his clever elves to make our presents. The personification of the spirit of Christmas usually represented as a jolly fat old man with a white beard and a red suit, who brings gifts to good children on Christmas Eve. Yes santa! Santa is the person who has most greatly affected my life. Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and simply "Santa", is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins who, in many western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24. Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man—sometimes with spectacles—wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children's books and films. Folklore may have turned Santa Claus into a toy distributor who mans a sleigh led by nine flying reindeer, but he is actually based, on a real person. Born around the year 270, St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra, a town in what is now Turkey. He earned a reputation as an anonymous gift giver, by paying the dowries of impoverished girls and handing out treats and coins to children — often leaving them in their shoes, set out at night for that very purpose. Since his death, Nicholas has been canonized as the patron saint of children. According to a tradition which can be traced to the 1820s, Santa Claus lives at the North Pole, with a large number of magical elves, and nine flying reindeer. Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behaviour and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved...
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