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Some PC people have begun to argue that even "Jingle Bells" is a church-state no-no. Santa Claus, a totally secular figure, is controversial because he was originally based on St. Nicholas. Horrors .
Claus is perhaps the most remarkable of all the figures associated with Christmas. To us, Santa has always been an essential part of the Christmas celebration, but the modern image of Santa didn't develop until well into the 19th century. Moreover, he didn't spring to life fully-formed as a literary creation or a commercial invention (as did his famous reindeer, Rudolph). Santa Claus was an evolutionary creation, brought about by the fusion of two religious personages (St. Nicholas and Christkindlein, the Christ child) to become a fixed image which is now the paramount symbol of the secular Christmas celebration.
Originally posted by Sauron
I had posted a thread about NORAD tracking Santa already so I thought I would bring a bit of info over here to this thread for the little and big kids who want to track Santa using NORAD here is the link TRACK SANTA CLAUS CHRISTMAS EVE courtesy of NORAD.
Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
I am starting this topic because of something that appears in U S News. Santa Claus is becoming PC taboo.
Originally posted by thelibra
Well, Coca-Cola invented the U.S. image of Santa Claus
Thor was the god of the peasants and the common people. He was represented as an elderly man, jovial and friendly, of heavy build, with a long white beard. His element was the fire, his colour red. The rumble and roar of thunder were said to be caused by the rolling of his chariot, for he alone among the gods never rode on horseback but drove in a chariot drawn by two white goats (called Cracker and Gnasher). He was fighting the giants of ice and snow, and thus became the Yule-god. He was said to live in the "Northland" where he had his palace among icebergs. By our pagan forefathers he was considered as the cheerful and friendly god, never harming the humans but rather helping and protecting them. The fireplace in every home was especially sacred to him, and he was said to come down through the chimney into his element, the fire. 70 [Note 70: H. A. Grueber, Myths of Northern Lands, Vol. I, New York, 1895, 61ff.]
Originally posted by tsuribito
Yes and this guy ultimately goes back to Thor. The guy from thursday and tuesday.
Originally posted by thelibra
Excerpt from some research I did for a node on E2...
an interpretation that today lives on in the minds of children of all ages all over the world. Sundblom gets the credit, though Mizen had created the original red white-fur outlined outfit with a black belt (for Coca-Cola, mind you) that Sundblom used."
This legend is not true. Although some versions of the Santa Claus figure still had him attired in various colors of outfits past the beginning of the 20th century, the jolly, ruddy, sack-carrying Santa with a red suit and flowing white whiskers had become the standard image of Santa Claus by the 1920s, several years before Sundlom drew his first Santa illustration for Coca-Cola.