Santa Claus is most known as the jolly grandfather who grants wishes to good little girls and boys on Christmas. But the history of Father Christmas goes back to the 3rd century.
The “original” Santa was a monk named Nicholas in what is known as Turkey, who was later ordained as a Saint. He had a lot of compassion for children and often went out of his way to help the underprivileged. Devotees celebrated his feast day on December 6. It’s believed to be a lucky day for bulk purchases or even to get married.
The saint became more known when a group of devotees from Europe started meeting up in New York, to celebrate St. Nick’s feast day during Winter. The local newspaper reported about the gatherings in the 1700s, using his Dutch name, Sinta Klaas.
Though no one alive today has seen the real St. Nicholas, this 4-feet tall fiberglass statue encapsulates the saint’s generosity and love for children as the modern depiction of Santa Claus.
It’s perfect for a Christmas display at home, in the mall, in a hotel lobby, or in an open yard. Include a reindeer or two, a sleigh, or even a polar bear to create a fun North Pole experience for spectators.
Dimensions: L 69 x W 46 x H 126cm