Santa: The Symbol Of Christmas
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Santa: The Symbol Of Christmas

Who is he and why is he so special?

2811
Santa: The Symbol Of Christmas
Huffington Post

Everyone has heard of Santa Claus at least once in their life. Whether it was on a popular movie, or seeing the guy in red in a mall, everyone has heard of him. We know of the man, but where does he come from? What does he symbolize?

Santa Claus comes from many legends: Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, etc. Saint Nicholas is the most well known history of Santa, being a man that gave out generous gifts to the poor. Both Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas are tied to the 6th of December, the feast day of Saint Nicholas. When it was moved to the 25th of December, the Victorian Father Christmas Festival was moved as well. Father Christmas was a symbol of good cheer.

Sinterklaas (from Dutch culture) is the main look-a-like to Santa Claus, where the popular Christmas figure got his looks. An older man, long white beard, red robes. Often in the Netherlands, both Saint Nicholas Day and Christmas are both celebrated.

In Yule traditions, the Wild Hunt took place on Christmas Night where Wodan would fly through the sky and give out gifts to people. He was also an older man with a long white beard.


Many modern ideas of Santa Claus came from the book "The Night Before Christmas" written in 1823. The reindeer, sleigh landing on the roof, bringing a sack full of toys, and sliding down the chimney all came from this book. The stockings as well became incorporated into the Santa Claus story.

Thomas Nast was the first to place Santa at the North Pole, saying that he lived up in the ice and snow. More and more modern culture adapted new roles of modern Santa, leaving milk and cookies out for him in the US and Canada for instance. Many children will leave carrots out for the reindeer. The elves were added into his workshop as well, helping Santa out all year long to make presents for good children.

Those who work as Santa's in malls and parades and other organizations, all seem to understand that if a child detects them as a "fake" Santa, they say that they are just helping him out and are reporting back to him, so that the real Santa can focus on making toys.

Letters to Santa have also become a big tradition, with the United States Postal Service holding collection boxes for these letters since 1912. Workers in the postal offices and volunteers write replies to children all over the world. Companies go above and beyond each year, tracking Santa and giving updates on where he is on Christmas Eve delivering presents. News stations say that their meteorologists can track him on their radars when he gets close.

Some believe that telling children about Santa is harmful to their trust, when in reality, its not. Dr. Condry talked to over 500 children and none of them were harmed or unhappy in the fact that their parents lied to them about Santa. Why should they be? Even though he is not a real figure, he is very real in our global culture. Why would all of these people across the globe all have the same understanding to tell children about Santa and spread the joy? None of the trackers had to come around, no one has to reply to the letters, and yet they do.

Santa Claus is the embodiment of Christmas itself. He is giving, full of joy and peace, and just wants to help others. He is filled with the magic of Christmas, the magic that brings joy and happiness to everyone, and brings out generosity in others too. Christmas is a time of giving, of joy, of family, of happiness, and Santa Claus stands for all of those things. He truly is the Spirit of Christmas, the symbol of Christmas.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
How I Met My Best Friends In College

Quarantine inspired me to write about my freshman year to keep it positive and focus on all the good things I was able to experience this year! In this article, I will be talking about how I was able to make such amazing friends by simply putting myself out there and trying new things.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather

Both indoors and outdoors things to do in beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

2899
29 Things To Do in Myrtle Beach, SC Regardless Of The Weather
Dahlia DeHaan

In 2017, I moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - one of the most touristy places on the East Coast. And ever since then, I've befriended locals and done some exploring on my own to discover new, fun things to do in Myrtle Beach. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Birthplace of Basketball

The NBA Playoffs are here. It’s kind of funny that my history kind of started out in the same place that basketball’s did too.

4730
quotefancy.com

Basketball was originally created by James Naismith, a Presbyterian minister who taught P.E. at YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He invented the new game to keep the young men occupied inside during the winter. Borrowing ideas from rugby and a game he used to play as a boy, “duck on the rock”, he thought of nailing up boxes to throw a ball into. He couldn’t find boxes so he used peach baskets instead. The rest of the rules he made up in about an hour.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

I Met You At The Wrong Time

At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

4208
Tumblr

I met you when I was in middle school and I thought boys still had cooties. I wore flared jeans, Aeropostale shirts, and had the dorkiest braces ever. I cared about what other people thought of me, and I definitely cared a lot about what you thought, too. You were older, and your friends made fun of me when I talked to you. I pretended it didn’t bother me, but it did. I sat two rows in front of you in class, and constantly tried to think of reasons to talk to you. Your hair was a curly mess. It still is. You graduated from middle school a year before me, and I missed you. I don’t think you even knew my name.

Keep Reading... Show less
Sports

The Problem With The NBA

Is the NBA losing to College basketball for some sports fans?

16539
New York Times

The annual ESPY award show put on by ESPN was created to reward athletes from around the world for their hard work, skill, determination and more. When Former NFL superstar quarterback Peyton Manning was hosting the ceremony, and in the opening of the show, he absolutely shredded NBA champion Kevin Durant’s move to the Golden State Warriors to create what many sports fans called a “super team.”

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments