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Historian, Bill Federer, examines the history of Saint Nicholas and Christmas Holiday Traditions.
History of Saint Nicholas & Christmas Holiday Traditions
Saint Nicholas – Sinter Klaas – Santa Claus – Read the story of Nicholas, 3rd Century Bishop of Myra, Asia Minor (present day Turkey) and how over time stories of his holy, generous life were embellished into legend. Discover the additions of Washington Irving, Clement Moore, Civil War illustrator Thomas Nast, and Coca-Cola artist Haddom Sundblom. Explore the fascinating origins of The 12 Days of Christmas, the Christmas Tree, Carols, Kris Kringle, Creche’ scene, and the Poinsettia. Relive events taking place on Christmas throughout history, from Columbus to Valley Forge, the Great Depression to the Korean War.
Travel back in time by reading Christmas Messages of U.S. Presidents, such as: Harry S Truman, just after WWII, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, 1946: “If we as a nation, and the other nations of the world, will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ’s birth long ago.”