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The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.
But what is the origin of this myth and does it have any validity in the real world?
for the believers, mostly kids, they will actually report on Santas progress throughout the world. And you wonder why people as adults want to believe there are aliens flying through space and trying to communicate with humans.