A Brief History of Santa [3:55]


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.

Discussion Questions

  • 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


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