Anonymous asked in Society & CultureMythology & Folklore · 7 years ago

is santa real?is he real or not tell me the truth or ima cry?

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply "Santa", is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24, the night before Christmas. However, in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas' Day, December 6.[1] The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.

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 and who carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of the 1823 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast.[2][3][4] This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children's books and films.

Since the 20th century, in an idea popularized by the 1934 song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", Santa Claus has been believed to make a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior ("naughty" or "nice") and to deliver presents, including toys, and candy to all of the well-behaved children in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children, on the single night of Christmas Eve. He accomplishes this feat with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.[5][6]

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1 Predecessor figures

1.1 Saint Nicholas

1.2 Germanic paganism, Odin, and Christianization

1.3 Dutch folklore

1.4 Scandinavian folklore

1.5 Father Christmas

2 History

2.1 Origins

2.2 19th century

2.3 20th century

3 In popular culture

4 Traditions and rituals

4.1 Chimney tradition

4.2 Christmas Eve rituals

4.3 Home

4.4 Parades, department stores, and shopping malls

4.5 Letter writing to Santa

4.6 Santa tracking, Santa websites and email to and from Santa

5 Criticism

5.1 Calvinist and Puritan opposition

5.2 Symbol of commercialism

5.3 Controversy about deceiving children

6 Gallery

7 See also

7.1 See also

7.2 Related figures in folklore

8 References

9 External links

Saint Nicholas of Myra was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop of Myra (now Demre) in Lycia, a province of the Byzantine Anatolia, now in Turkey. Nicholas was famous for his generous gifts to the poor, in particular presenting the three impoverished daughters of a pious Christian with dowries so that they would not have to become prostitutes.[7] He was very religious from an early age and devoted his life entirely to Christianity. In continental Europe (more precisely the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Germany) he is usually portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes.

The remains of Saint Nicholas are in Italy. In 1087, the Italian city of Bari, mounted an expedition to locate the tomb of the Saint. The reliquary of St. Nicholas was conquered by Italian sailors and his relics were taken to Bari[8][9] where they are kept to this day. A basilica was constructed the same year to store the loot and the area became a pilgrimage site for the devout. Sailors from Bari collected just half of Nicholas' skeleton, leaving all the minor fragments in the grave. These were collected by Venetian sailors during the first crusade and taken to Venice, where a church to St. Nicholas, the patron of sailors, was built on the San Nicolò al Lido. This tradition was confirmed in two important scientific investigations of the relics in Bari and Venice, which revealed that the relics in the two Italian cities belong to the same skeleton. Saint Nicholas was later claimed as a patron saint of many diverse groups, from archers, sailors, and children to pawnbrokers.[7][10] He is also the patron saint of both Amsterdam and Moscow.[11]

During the Middle Ages, often on the evening before his name day of the 6th of December, children were bestowed gifts in his honour. This date was earlier than the original day of gifts for the children, which moved in the course of the Reformation and its opposition to the veneration of saints in many countries on the 24th and 25th December. So Saint Nicholas changed to Santa Claus.

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    The North Pole is so Far & Isolated from Sub Sahara that a Sub Saharan wouldn't know how to survive out there in Isolation. Though not as pale as Kris Kringle or Scandinavians Greeks like St Nikolas or Cleopatra still shares an orthognatic profile with minimal protrusion of the lower face, retreating cheekbones for a pointed looking face, and a narrow nasal aperture, with a tear shape nasal cavity that is classified as Caucasoid. Instead of Blue, Hazel, or Amber Eye color, it would more likely be brown, green, or gray.

    Even St Nicholas wouldn't know how to survive in the Isolated Frigid Zone (Artic/Antarctic). The Only other cranial types are the no brow ridge epichantal fold Siberians or Inuit.

    Kris Kringle is most appropriate name than St. Nicholas cause St. Nicholas doesn't fly on a sleigh in winter in turkey or Greece. La Befana in Italy fills in instead. St. Nick got attached to Kris Kringle cause of his Christian title & the similarity in giving present. Should Hotie (Laughing Buda) be attached to kris Kringle also.

    There is no problem with sub Saharans wearing make up, a mask & a weave. You do these thing playing Aliens, Mutants, Monsters, & Minions. Idris elba should have worn make up,prosthetic nose, a mask & weave in playing heimdall? Eddie murphy & the wayans brothers did it & nobody got offended. Sub Saharan descent women are already wearing weaves & wigs. Can we now ask why didn't persian or a turk play heimdall which would be more suitable than Idris Elba? How about Asians playing heimdall? Should Idris Elba play Spock or James T Kirk next?

    This is the kind of stuff that delusional people (Afrocentrist (children)) uses to lay claim on historical figures like Shogun Oda Nobunaga, H.R.E. Charles V, H.R.E. Ferdinand I, King George the III being sub Saharan. Whose next Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Hotie, Bodhi, Harry Potter, King Arthur... There is no problem for an imitation of kris kringle to exist that reflects the attire & theme of the geographical origins of the imitation, like a tropical Island theme, Desert theme & flying carpet (asia minor), cerado theme, or Jungle theme. A snow man Sub Saharan imitation could be Coalman, Tar man, or Crude Oilman, A snow white sub Saharan imitation could be Coalblack/Jet Black.

    Are people going to demand a sub Saharan Buddha next, he's already blue in paintings, patina green, or gold in statues?

    I can't even phatom a sub saharan or caucasoid samurai, ninja, or shaolin cause before colonial times up until the 1960s Europeans, Amerindians, Mid Eastern, Oceanan's & Sub saharans didn't have or have knowledge of the cultural spirituality, virtues, & discipline that Oriental Zen Buddhist or Shinto had.

    No Orthognatic (Europid descent) voodoo practitioners claiming that the main figure in voodoo or any sub saharan deity, myths & fairy tales are Orthognatic (Europid) people. Not even Buddisht, Shinto, Mayan, Inca, Hindu or the great spirit of N. Amerindian deity, myths, & fairy tales? The jungle book was written by a northern orthognatic (Europid) yet the main character is east Indian/South Asian.

    Christmas was created to take over the winter solstice tradition of Europeans mainly of the upper temperate zone & frigid zone where it's traditional to chopped down the biggest log they can find & set it a fire, where evergreen trees were brought indoors & decorated, where Odin rides a flying horse (Sleipnir) howling winter winds to decide who will prosper during the yuletide winter (much like deciding who will get presents). Thus Father Christmas was modeled after Odin's features at first with his flying horse later turned into flying reindeers. In the 20th century Kris Kringle in N America turned into the image of a chubby old rubber baron who likes spreading joy and presents onto the world.

    Fairy's, Elves, ORCs, Trolls, Jack O' Lantern Hallow, Rapunzel, Frozen, Little Mermaid, Jack Frost, Frog Prince, and many western society fairy tales pretty much had its origins in Europe as well as Kris Kringle's associated with winter, snow, & evergreens abundant in upper temperate & frigid zone, not deserts, jungles, & sub Saharan.

    Christmas had its humble beginnings that morphed into private quite family gathering feast & worship into a tradition merging or taking over the winter solstice for more than half a millennia, it was banned by the puritans & at the mid 20th century it turned into a materialist/idolistic mediocrity which does a disservice to the commemoration of Christo's Death & Legacy. But it wasn't invented out of thin air in the 1960s out of a jealous response to a popular holiday like how kwanza was created in the 1960s, a wannabe Thanks Giving Harvest Holiday in winter incorporating a menorah & the Hanukah's week long durations.

    When it comes down to it orthognatic people of the upper temperature zone or frigid zone (Europid descent) are the most charitable to all people just like Kris Kringle, just look at all the charities they founded: red cross, doctors without borders, cancer research, humanitarian aid, adopting non Caucasoid broods, very lax immigration policy compared to mid eastern & non western (European/N. American) countries, fighting against human/child trafficking, anti child labor laws... Interracial Crime Statistic Alone shows which group is more restrained, well behave, & disciplined. Even when it comes to academics compared to mestizos & sub Saharans.

    Is it so hard for delusional & envious people to have their children believe that a friendly old Norse from the North Pole would visit them and give them gifts, thus foster greater harmony among all cranial types of people?

    Changing the tradition & Identity of a character that has it's fairy tale pagan roots in Scandinavia spoils the essence of the holiday. St. Nicholas name was attached to kris kringle, & the creation of Christmas to replace or take over the yuletide festival. Would you go to Islamic, Hindu, Shinto, Buddhist, Shamanist countries to try and change (arrogantly delusional out of spiteful or envious supremacy) their historical figure whether real of fairy tale? Not one of the magi's, wise men or scholars were sub Saharan. Gaspar was Indian (India), Balthazar was Arab, Melchior was Persian, the 4th one may have been Turk or Greek or Budai/Hotie the laughing Buddha.

    Don't mind children encouraged to believe in Kringle's fairy tale, but if a child saw that one year kringle was Europid descent, then Sub Saharan descent next year, then Oriental, East Indian, or Oceanian next, it spoils magic, then what's next, an alien? If an imitation Elven Kringle is to exist let the theme & attire reflect the environment of the imitations origin: Tropical Island Theme, Desert Theme, Cerado Theme, Ocean Theme, or Jungle Theme collaborating with Kringle because people has become self centered & want to re-imagine Kringle to suit their own image.

  • 7 years ago

    no hes not

  • 7 years ago

    Santa Claus doesn't exsist... actually, who give you presents?, it's your parents...

    actually, Christmas is to celebrate the born of Jesus Christ...

  • 7 years ago

    Go to sleep soon, as Santa will soon be there, in spirit of course.

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