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Religious Figure
    (circa 300-December 6, 343)
    Bishop of Myra
    Patron saint of children
    Was the basis for Santa Claus
    He never set foot on the north pole.
    In his native Turkey, there are no reindeer.
    His celebration day is December 6th, not December 25th.
    During his time, Christmas was not celebrated in the way it is today.
    His only real connection to Christmas was that his celebration day is in the same month.
    As well as being the patron saint of children, he's also the patron saint of thieves and murderers.
    Although Catholic scholars believe he was a real person, there is no exact knowledge of his birth date.
    St. Nicholas was 'turned into' Santa Claus mainly for commercial reasons.
    Santa Claus was real, sort of.
    He was imprisoned by Roman Emperor Diocletian due to his christian beliefs.
    He earned his reputation for gift giving by throwing bags of gold through the windows of poor people.
    The gold was said to land in stockings set above the fire to dry, thus the origin of the Christmas stocking.
    The English Colonists brought the feast of St. Nicholas over to America.
    Santa Claus as we know him today was conceived by Henry Livingston, who wrote 'A Visit From St. Nicholas' in 1808.
    Santa Claus helped to make Christmas one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world.

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