The Many Faces of Santa Claus

All of us know how Santa Claus looks like. But have you ever thought that in some parts of the world the local children get their gifts not from this pleasant looking grey-hared old man, riding on his reindeer?


Let’s talk about this Christmas symbol, which turns to be rather different. 

Turkish St. Nicholas

In 288 AD in the city of Patara in the territory of modern Turkey there lived a preacher named Nicholas.

He made presents for children from the poor families, but he was doing it at night in order to stay in a secret.

In legends and myths of many world nations it was Saint Nicholas, who became a prototype of Santa Claus.

Turkish St. Nicholas

But apart from him, there are also other versions of the New Year symbol appearance.

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