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Wednesday December 6th is the big day for the guy in red for millions of
people around the world, as St. Nicholas Day is celebrated. It turns out
that Nicholas, a.k.a. â€œSanta,â€? is from Turkey!
The Saint Nicholas Center, http://www.stnicholascenter.org/Brix?pageID=23,
is certainly the Virgin Mother-in-Law of all Nicholas sites, with
excellent historical, cultural, and artistic resources, including a kids
section. A must for any internet stocking.
The second-best site in the English speaking realm for information on the
origin and evolution of â€œSaint Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Santa Clausâ€? in the
historical record and popular imagination.
The American Antiquarian Society has a fantastic online exhibit of the
transformation and history of St. Nick, and Christmas in general, in the
United States, with images of many rare and famous book covers and
Did you know that Rev. Clement Moore LIED about the authorship of â€œThe
Night Before Christmas?â€? One Henry Livingston was the actual author, and
you can read excerpts from the Don Foster book which proved this, here:
The site also has a page of evidence for this literary hoax the Clement
foisted upon a zillion editions of that poem. It has news articles from
when this fraud was uncovered, as well as poetry by Livingston and Moore
for students to decide for themselves.
It turns out that Livingston was the first person in the 13 Colonies to
use the politically-incorrect phrase â€œHappy Christmas,â€?in a letter to his
future wife in 1773:
Another urban myth refuted: The modern image of Santa Claus â€” a jolly
figure in a red-and-white suit â€” was created by Coca-Cola?
Speaking of â€œThe Real Thing,â€? this site got permission from Coke to post many of the Santa
advertisements which have appeared in the last 75 years.
Happy Saint Nicholas Day!
Walter Skold, for The ASLAN Society.