A short but comprehensive overview of the varying origins of our Santa Claus myth. Many European countries vary greatly over who gives presents out each year. Stories of the gift-giver describe him as a Catholic saint, a pagan deity, a tiny gnome, or large man. They also list a number of different places where where he lives and with whom. The video discusses these difference and America’s blending of them.
- What is your favorite version of Santa Claus?
- Why do you think this gift-giver so popular around the world?
- Is Santa Claus a good myth? Would you teach it to your kids? Why or why not?
Keywords: Santa, Christianity, holiday, Christmas, mythology, folklore