Published: 18-12-2012, 03:19

Santa Claus: St. Nicholas in America

Santa Claus

Before Santa Claus

Santa Claus: The Christ Child in America

Santa Claus: Belsnickel in America

Santa Claus: Washington Irving and St. Nicholas

Santa Claus: Clement C. Moore and St. Nicholas

Santa Claus: More Confusion Over Names

Santa Claus: Thomas Nast and Santa Claus

Santa Claus: Nineteenth-Century Developments

Santa Claus: Promoting the Santa Claus Myth

Santa Claus: Twentieth-Century Developments

Whereas Belsnickel and the Christ Child appeared around Christ-mas, St. Nicholas traditionally brought his gifts on the eve of his feast day, December 6 (see also St. Nicholas’s Day). Historical evidence suggests that the gift-giving customs surrounding the saint were well known in the Netherlands during the eighteenth century. By contrast, only a few scattered references to beliefs and customs surrounding St. Nicholas can be found among Dutch and German immigrants to the United States during this same era. Apparently, folk traditions concerning St. Nicholas as a winter season gift giver did not cross the Atlantic with Dutch and German immigrants in any great force.