While we were taking a stroll in Union Bay, homes were humming with great anticipation, the children were awaking knowing that Santa had visited. Christmas day had finally arrived, and we wondered who was naughty and who was nice. Such an exciting holiday season that people around the world celebrate Santa Claus and the gift of giving. Where and when did it all start? I decided to go get some answers……
If you were to ask people where the legend of Santa Claus began, they’d probably start by telling you that the name “Santa” is merely a moniker for Saint Nicholas, a man who existed a long time ago and was renowned for his generosity toward children.
By all accounts, his story begins in the fourth century AD in what is now modern-day Turkey. A man named Nicholas became the bishop of a village called Myra. He was later canonised, and soon became one of the most popular saints in Christianity.
Unlike the modern depictions of Santa, the Dutch version of Saint Nick rode on a donkey and wore a tall pointy bishop’s hat.
In the same way kids today leave out a glass of milk with some cookies for Santa and his reindeer, Dutch children would fill their clogs with straw and leave them out for the donkey to eat.
When they woke the next morning, they’d find the straw gone and their shoes packed with presents.
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year