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On Christmas eve, it’s believed that Santa Claus piles toys on his sleigh and flies around the world with his magical reindeer to give gifts to good children.
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- Santa Claus is based on a real person, St. Nicholas.
- St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in Turkey in the fourth century.
- He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a large inheritance.
- It’s said that he gave away all of his wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick.
- The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinterklaas.
- The most famous story about St. Nicholas goes as follows:
There was a poor man who had three daughters. He was so poor, he did not have enough money for a dowry, so his daughters couldn’t get married. One night, Nicholas secretly dropped a bag of gold down the chimney into the house. The bag fell into a stocking that had been hung by the fire to dry! This was repeated later with the second daughter. Finally, determined to discover the person who had given him the money, the father secretly hid by the fire every evening until he caught Nicholas dropping in a bag of gold. Nicholas begged the man to not tell anyone what he had done, because he did not want to bring attention to himself. But soon the news got out and when anyone received a secret gift, it was thought that maybe it was from Nicholas.
- St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6, the anniversary of his death.
- Someone that delivered presents to children in England was called ‘Father Christmas’ or ‘Old Man Christmas’.
- He was an old character from stories and plays during the middle ages in Britain and parts of northern Europe.
- In the early history of the U.S.A., his name was ‘Kris Kringle’ (from the Christkind).
- In Belgium and France, he’s called Père Noël.
- Later, Dutch settlers in the U.S. took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now say, ‘Santa Claus’.
- Some people say that Santa Claus lives at the North Pole.
- He travels through the sky on a sleigh pulled by magical reindeer.
- He enters houses at night through the chimney and places presents for children in socks or stockings placed by their beds, in front of the Christmas tree, or by the fireplace.
Santa Claus Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Santa Claus Worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more Santa Claus who on Christmas eve is said to piles toys on his sleigh and flies around the world with his magical reindeer to give gifts to good children.
Download includes the following worksheets
- Santa Claus Facts
- Who is St. Nicholas?
- Around the World
- Story Summary
- Letter to Santa
- This Christmas
- Word Search
- Christmas Icons
- Christmas Acrostic
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