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Where does Santa Claus actually come from?

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Where does Santa Claus actually come from?

Santa Clause, Saint Nicholas or Samichlaus. The man in the red suit goes by many names. But who is the mysterious old man with the white beard who brings our children Grittibänz and tangerines every year on December 6th?


The Samichlaus custom as we know it today does not come entirely from the life story of Saint Nicholas of Myra.

The custom of Samichlaus has its origins in the fourth century AD. Bishop Nicholas of Myra was the patron saint of children in what is now Turkey at the time.

Nicholas of Myra

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