How old is Santa Claus? Here’s everything you wanted to know
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There is so much to love about Christmas: baking Christmas cookies, hanging stockings, singing Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, buying gifts and decorating the tree. And then of course there is the merry old man himself: Santa Claus.
We all know that Santa Claus brings gifts to “nice” children around the world every year, has eight reindeer and is married to Mrs. Claus. But you (or the kids in your life) might have some questions about merry old Saint Nick, namely is Santa Claus a real person? How old is Santa Claus? And when is her birthday?
For all the curious minds who want to know, read on as we have answers on how old Santa Claus is, when is his birthday, how he became Santa Claus and where he was born (surprisingly, it’s not the North Pole!). So whip up some milk and cookies, put on your favorite Christmas tunes, and get ready to learn some fun facts about Santa Claus.
How old is Santa Claus exactly?
According to the Email Santa blog, Santa Claus is 1750 years old from 2021. In fact, the origins of Santa Claus can be traced back to a monk named Saint Nicholas, who was born between 260 and 280 AD in a village called Patara, which is part of today’s Turkey.
Long before he became Santa Claus, there were many legends around Saint Nicholas performing acts of kindness, such as providing financial assistance to a family so that they did not have to sell their daughters into slavery. . Another legend implies that Saint Nicholas prays for the sailors threatened by a powerful storm and ensures their safe return.
Because of these and other legendary acts, he became known as a protector of children and sailors. People around the world continue to honor him with the feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6, the anniversary of his death.
When is Santa’s birthday?
SantaClaus.com declares that Santa’s birthday is March 15th. Mark it on your calendar for next year!
How did we go from Saint Nicholas to Santa Claus?
According to TIME, the legend of Saint Nicholas continued to circulate throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. In the Netherlands, St. Nicholas’ Day was celebrated by someone disguised as a saint and going door to door to give children either small gifts or charcoal, depending on whether they had been good or bad.
But according to researchers, how the legend of St. Nicholas spread across North America is a bit of a mystery. In the 1770s, a New York newspaper mentioned “St. Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus,” which is the earliest known reference to Santa Claus in the United States.
The author of Christmas: a biography, Judith Flanders, shared with TIME that the large populations of Swiss who settled in New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania are probably the reason why we know Santa Claus by this name today. “They came from regions that marked St. Nicholas, and St. Nicholas in various dialects of Schweizerdeutsch, or Swiss-German, becomes either Samichlaus Where Saint-Chlaus.And of course, it’s easy to see how “Santi-Chlaus” may have evolved into “Santa Claus” over time.
So how old is Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus?
According to Email Santa, Mrs. Claus is just a little younger than her husband. She is 1139 years old. And don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday after opening your presents this year: her birthday is Christmas Day, according to the site.
Now that you’ve learned some fun facts about Santa, it’s time to start thinking about making plans to visit him this year. If you avoid shopping malls as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, you may want to consider hosting a virtual Santa Claus tour for the kids this year. And on Christmas Eve, your family can even follow Santa as he travels the world – the kids will love it!
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