The History of Santa Clause Published on December 25, 2016 It’s the season when children get excited for Jolly Old Saint Nick. The plump old man dressed in red has come to be an exciting tradition for children across the earth, but did you know he was a real person? Well, sort of. Long ago (in the third century), and far away (current day Turkey) there lived a monk named Saint Nicholas. Revered for his kindness and piety, Saint Nicholas became the subject of many legends. Legend has it that he gave away all of his wealth and went around helping the needy and ailing. One story says he saved three sisters who lived in poverty from being sold into slavery by their father by paying them a dowry so they may be married. Because of legends like these, Saint Nicholas would become known as the protector of children. Saint Nicholas became the most favored saint in Europe and even after the Protestant Reformation, the saint maintained a positive status, especially in Holland. Across the ocean in America, Saint Nicholas made his debut in 1773 when a New York newspaper said that several Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of the saint’s death, December 6th. The Dutch families called Saint Nicholas Sinter Klaas, shortened from the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas which is Sint Nikolaas. Sinter Klaas turned into Santa Clause, the old man in red we know and love today.