The Legends of Santa

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The image of Santa is almost generally familiar as one of the most persisting and popular legends of Christianity, an apparently perennial joyful old man with his bag of toys. This documentary shows how present image of Christmas father is a pinnacle of centuries of history and legend.

The legend of Santa Claus can be discovered back centuries to a religious brother named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born in Patara, near Myra in modern Turkey, around 280 A.D. His devotion and kindness became the subject of many legends. It is said that he traveled the country side and spent all of his inherited wealth helping the poor and sick.

One of the most well-known stories of Nicholas is that he protected three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them a marriage settlement. Over the course of centuries Nicholas became recognized as a protector of children and sailors. 6 December is his death anniversary, celebrated as his feast day and is considered traditionally a lucky day to get married or make large purchases.

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