The History of Santa Clause Published on December 25, 2016 It’s the season when children get excited for Santa Clause. The magical man dressed in red has come to be a time-honored tradition for children across the globe, but did you know he was a real person? Well, somewhat. Long ago (in the third century), and far away (today’s Turkey) there lived a monk named Saint Nicholas. Cherished for his generosity and piety, Saint Nicholas became the subject of many legends. Legend has it that he gave away all of his riches and went around helping the needy and sick. One tale says he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery by their father by providing them a dowry so they could be married. Because of tales like these, Saint Nicholas became known as the protector of children. Saint Nicholas became the most favored saint in Europe and even after the Protestant Reformation, he maintained a positive standing, especially in Holland. Across the ocean in America, Saint Nicholas made his introduction in 1773 when a New York newspaper reported that many Dutch families had congregated to honor the anniversary of Saint Nicholas’ death, December 6th. The Dutch culture called Saint Nicholas Sinter Klaas, condensed from the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas which is Sint Nikolaas. Sinter Klaas turned into Santa Clause, the old man in red we know and love today.