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Another Coffee from the December 1989 Deep Cove Crier

Who Invented "Jolly Old St. Nicholas..." Anyways??

Ever since Coca-Cola decided to promote Santa Claus as part of their soft drink campaign, Santa or St. Nicholas has become a household name in 20th century North America.  Santa is from the Dutch word for Saint. Claus is again a Dutch contraction for Nicholas.

Do you remember back when John Lennon said that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ? Do you remember the controversy? John, of course, was right. The Beatles were more popular and more central for millions. So too is Santa Claus bigger than the baby Jesus at Christmas. As a young boy, St. Nicholas for me was the heart of Christmas. The fact that my mother insisted on dragging me to church on Christmas seemed to me like a horrible religious intrusion into an otherwise good holiday.

When I was 5 years old, though, I got suspicious when Santa kept appearing at all the different shopping centres. I calculated that no reindeer could fly that fast and be in so many places at once. Once I shared my conclusions with my five year old friends, I was amazed that some of my friends’ mothers were not as excited about my "findings" as I was!  Searching for the historical Santa Many years later I was surprised to discover that "yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus" History tells us that there was a real, live Santa Clatis or St. Nicholas in the country of Turkey during the early 4th Century.  St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra.  Click to find out more about the original Santa Claus….


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