The History of Santa Clause Published on December 25, 2016 It’s that time when children get excited for Santa Clause. The magical man dressed in red has come to be a time-honored tradition for children all around the world, but did you know he was real? Well, sort of. Long ago (in the third century), and far away (current day Turkey) lived a monk named Saint Nicholas. Beloved for his compassion and devotion, Saint Nicholas became the subject of many tales. Legend has it that he gave away all of his riches and journeyed around helping the needy and ailing. One legend says he saved three poor women from being sold into slavery by their father by providing them a dowry so they could be married. Because of tales like these, Saint Nicholas became known as the guardian of children. Saint Nicholas became the most popular saint in Europe and even after the Protestant Reformation, the saint maintained a positive status, especially in Holland. Across the sea in America, Saint Nicholas made his introduction in 1773 when a New York newspaper reported that several Dutch families had congregated to honor the anniversary of Saint Nicholas’ death, December 6th. The Dutch families called Saint Nicholas Sinter Klaas, abridged from the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas which is Sint Nikolaas. Sinter Klaas evolved into Santa Clause, the old man in red we know and love today.