Where does Santa Claus live? The original Santa Claus lived nowhere near the North Pole. If the 4th century bishop known as Saint Nicholas of Myra — the inspiration for Santa Claus – existed at all, he lived in Lycla, a province of the Byzantine Anatolla, now in Turkey. Santa Claus is a corruption of the Dutch name Sinte Klaas for St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children and unmarried girls.
Where does Santa Claus live?
Tradition says he gave bags of gold to three daughters from a noble, but poor family as their dowries, thus saving them from a life of prostitution. As the legends developed in the Netherlands, the three bags of gold were replaced by a bulging sack of presents which Santa Claus distributed to children on December 6, St. Nicholas’ feast day. Later, this custom caught on to other parts of the world, to give gifts to good people and punish the bad.
About Father Christmas:
Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is a legendary character associated with Christmas. He is depicted as a big and cheerful white-bearded man wearing a red suit with white trim. In some countries, he is said to live at the North Pole with his wife Mrs. Claus, elves who are said to build his toys, and reindeer who are said to pull his sleigh through the sky.
Santa Claus is actually based on a Greek bishop who was named Saint Nicholas.
Father Christmas, the Nordic version, is said to reside in Lapland, Finland, but some think he is from the North Pole.
Santa bring gifts to good children (and children-at-heart) worldwide on Christmas usually by sliding down fireplace chimneys (or opening doors with a special key) and reindeer pulling his sleigh. However, after the children have fallen asleep, parents typically play the role of Santa Claus and leave their gifts under the Christmas tree. Children’s parents sometimes signed tags on gifts for children with “From Santa Claus” before the gifts are laid under the tree.
Santa Claus was not a real, historical person, but the modern character of Santa was most likely created from different traditions from European and Christian culture, such as the real-life Roman Catholic saint Saint Nicholas, the Dutch Sinterklaas, and others. There are many popular culture items about Santa. He is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Kristingle, Christingle, Father Christmas, Santy, and many other names.