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Santa who? Story of Santa Clause

1932  illustration of Santa Claus (The Coca Cola Co.)

1932 illustration of Santa Claus (The Coca Cola Co.)

He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake(Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town)

The big fat man in red… Santa Claus. Have you ever wondered where does  Santa come from? Who created Santa?

St. Nicholas, the real Santa (photo credit Origins of Santa Claus/ St. Nicholas)

St. Nicholas, the real Santa (photo credit Origins of Santa Claus/ St. Nicholas)

The character of Santa Clause is based on  St. Nicholas,  a man who lived in  the  east coast of Turkey. His parents died when he was very young. Nicholas was a devoted christian and he decided to devote his life to help the needy and the sick. He was well-known for his generosity, but  was persecuted for his beliefs and also imprisoned. He passed away on December 6th ( Read more about St. Nicholas  here)

The Santa that we all know now, big fat man with white bead and red coat , is in fact a creation of the Coca Cola company. Santa, illustrated by Haddon Sundblom,  debuted in 1931 in The Saturday Evening Post. After that, the rest was history. Santa was seen in many advertisements for Coca Cola during Christmas time.  Coca Cola played an important part in creating, shaping and molding the image of Santa Claus.( You can read more here)

Below you can check out one of those classic Coca Cola Christmas commercials!

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