The History of Santa Clause Published on December 25, 2016 It’s that time when children get excited for Jolly Old Saint Nick. The plump old man dressed in red has come to be a time-honored tradition for children across the earth, but did you know he was a real person? Well, kind of. Long ago (in the third century), and far away (current day Turkey) lived a monk named Saint Nicholas. Revered for his kindness and devotion, Saint Nicholas became the protagonist of many legends. Legend has it that Saint Nicholas gave away all of his fortune and journeyed around helping the indigent and sick. One story says he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery by their father by giving them a dowry so they may be married. Because of tales like these, Saint Nicholas became known as the protector of children. Saint Nicholas became the most favored saint in Europe and even after the Protestant Reformation, Saint Nicholas maintained a positive standing, especially in Holland. Across the sea in America, Saint Nicholas made his introduction in 1773 when a New York newspaper said that many Dutch families had assembled to honor the anniversary of his death, December 6th. The Dutch families called Saint Nicholas Sinter Klaas, condensed from the Dutch version of Saint Nicholas which is Sint Nikolaas. Sinter Klaas developed into Santa Clause, the magical man we know and love today.