Christmas is coming soon and we can feel the Christmas spirit in the air.
We all love Santa Claus every year secretly hope to not pass and our home. So let us learn more about the roots and its occurrence.
The image of our beloved Santa Claus connects and comes from St. Nicholas
Now we understand that it is no coincidence the name Santa Claus - therein is the root of the name Nikola, which in turn is of Greek origin - "Nike" is the goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology.
It is said that St. Nicholas loved to help the poor people and secretly sneak into the chimneys of the houses where would insert and other gifts. It is therefore considered that Santa brings gifts through the chimney.
The modern image of Santa Claus was made mostly of Western and American celebration of the holiday. Their image of St. Nicholas and his fate gradually drawn to Christmas tradition, because he is generous and noble. With his figure in some countries, something happened that in a weaker extent there or did not happen in our country in the Balkans, Greece too - the saint is increasingly linked to the celebration of Christmas, though no connection with him (except near the time between 6 and 25 December), and the date on which we celebrate his death marks the beginning of Christmas preparations and became a part of Christmas. This image is perceived and developed in a similar direction, but the kids love it. In our St. Nicholas continues to be a master of the seas and fishermen, but this does not prevent the white-bearded old man to enter actively in our modern Christmas tradition.
Here ends the Christian side of the image and starts legendary. The good old man telling all sorts of stories just to look glamorous and credible in the eyes of kids. Some parents say that he lives at the North Pole, very far from here. His home indicating Greenland, Lapland, Scandinavia and many cold places in the world. Does Santa really lives there - no doubt because we believe in it. He traveled with his magic sleigh pulled by his favorite reindeer - Dasher, Dancer, Prensar, Wicksell, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitz and Rudolph. Sometimes his faithful assistant is Snow White and many gifts were made by dwarfs him.
Until not so long ago Santa Claus was not known to anyone in the world, people knew only St. Nicholas. And maybe it would be more so if the Dutch, more convenient, was not cut their Saint Nicolaas to Sinterklaas, which in turn is Americanized to Santa Claus (for the first time in the press in 1773). Initially, over the centuries the figure of the old man is getting close to the saint gradually over the years, images away from her, to get to the well known chubby grandfather.
Where there is Christmas, there is a Santa Claus, that's for sure. Different traditions have different differences related duties. In some places, for example - in Western Europe and Scandinavia, jolly old man brings gifts not 24 or December 25 and December 6. This detail is again related to the origin of St. Nicholas. In Bulgaria during the socialist regime Santa Claus was replaced by Santa Claus and Christmas is not celebrated. Celebrated New Year and then exchanged gifts.
Today, the old man was so multiplied that you can see it in every store, district, city. Snow White and the Dwarfs too. Do not let that stop us from living in the pleasant delusion of magic - that a real Santa Claus really exists somewhere in the north, and perhaps now preparing our gift.