How He Became Santa Claus
During the 16th Century in Europe, the stories and traditions of St. Nicholas had become unpopular but overtime, his stories were resurrected, particularly in England where he became known as ‘Father Christmas’ an old children’s story character, and in Scotland, where they identified him as Santa. Before he was known in America as Santa Claus, he was ‘Kris Kringle’. It wasn’t until Dutch settlers took the old stories of St. Nicholas to America that he became ‘Sinterklaas’ or as we now know, Santa Claus. He became very popular in the Victorian era when writers, poets and artists rediscovered and began retelling his old stories. The hugely popular poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, now known as The Night Before Christmas, helped consolidate St. Nicholas mythology and solidified the image we know of Santa Claus today.