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Why is Saint Nicholas called Father Christmas?

The Father of Christmas would presumably be the father of Christ...also Kris Kringle is an adaptation of words for Christ Child. How did we end up mashing all of this together?

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Asked by Janiepie at 7:55 PM on Dec. 25, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • st nick is the person who started giving small gifts out on christmass to children in need or in his lical village somethign like that so he started all this gift nonsence so he is the father of modernday christmass not the father of christ.

    Answer by jajamama at 8:25 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • Yes, true, but how come we have managed to mash all the stories together? There is not much clarity between these concepts in society.

    Answer by Janiepie at 9:05 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • I think it's like the real person of St. Nicholas, the bishop of Myra, was the inspiration for characters like Father Christmas. Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Santa Clause are all various cultural traditions from around the world. That's how things have always worked. People/cultures influence each other - sometimes accept parts of another cultures tradition, even sometimes developing new traditions in response to others. None of these characters (Father Christmas, Santat Clause, Kris Kringles) are necedssary for the religous celebration of the Nativity of Chirst.

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:26 PM on Dec. 25, 2009

  • Sinter Clause in dutch i believe. lol

    Answer by mommymeof2 at 12:04 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • I have never called St. Nick father Christmas. I can celebrate Christmas with or without Santa Clause or any other character. Christmas is about Jesus.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:50 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • I don't think it's mashing stories with calling him father christmas. He's catholic. Priests are called father.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:54 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • FYI - the term "father" wasn't used only for Catholic priests - it was used by protestants, baptists, and many other Christian faiths to refer to clergy. Likewise, Catholic priests used to be referred to by various terms of 'mister'. See this article:

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:58 AM on Dec. 26, 2009

  • anon 9:58am: does it really matter who else is called father.. I was relating to the man in question.

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 12:15 PM on Jan. 1, 2010

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