Not a debate about whether or not to tell children about Santa... I'm just looking for information about where these stories came from - myths, realities, stories and religious connections...
Asked by Anonymous at 7:05 PM on Nov. 30, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
It has basically been traced back to Saint Nicholas, a monk in Turkey. This ::LINK:: is a great article!
Answer by But_Mommie at 7:07 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
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Answer by m-avi at 7:10 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
Answer by jessa1091 at 9:27 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
The original story goes back to Norse sagas and Odin's Great Hunt. His 8 legged horse, Sleipnir transformed into 8 reindeer over time. Odin flew over judging who was good and who was bad. Those who were bad didn't survive the night. Children left grass and hay for Sleipnir, and Odin left them gifts to reward them. As Christians invaded Northern Europe and corrupted the faith, the Great Hunt was practiced behind closed doors, Yule trees were hidden inside the house so Christians wouldn't see them and kill the family for having one. Over centuries, the story of Kris Kringle came along, and people began adopting the idea of Santa Claus. The church encouraged it as one more way of corrupting the native faith and turning their holiday into a Christian one.
Answer by NotPanicking at 9:40 PM on Nov. 30, 2010
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