Spirit of St. Nick
The history behind Santa Claus
- Duration 3:42
- Date Dec 25, 2011
The history behind Santa Claus
Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Merry Christmas everybody time feared -- by the numbers Christmas style first 28 billion that's the total money spent on gift cards this holiday season alone.
-- -- wondering that's an average of 155.
Bucks per person.
-- -- Next 80000 that's how many Santa calls NORAD Santa trackers.
Took from anxious kids across the world wondering where jolly old saint nick was that breaks they NORAD record.
You can also follow on Twitter last 998000.
But somebody likes NORAD FaceBook page got.
That is up from 7161000.
Some adults any nonbelievers makes -- a good.
-- say Santa Claus isn't real but despite what they say he is the spirit of Santa Claus it dates back a hundred years from.
Right Fox News religion correspondent Lauren Green has more on the history -- saint Nicholas.
Chris bring you could send it to us.
Hole you completely.
Yes Susan there is a Santa.
Although skeptics abound the spirit of every Santa Claus is rooted in real saint.
Saint Nicholas after -- -- bishop in the Byzantine empire or modern day Turkey.
The relics of some of his bones -- New York's Greek orthodox cathedral.
He was known as a giver of gifts but he gave them secretly.
He redeemed people from slavery secretly.
He gave -- -- two women secretly he helped the poor secretly never to embarrass anyone and never glorify himself but to glorify god.
As christianity spread throughout Europe so -- the celebration of feast days descendants like Nicholas.
The patron saint of sea -- the poor and children.
Let's fast forward then to the low countries.
Of Belgium the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
And we have saint Nicholas in the Dutch language coming -- -- center.
Clots transparently you can hear Santa Claus.
But then comes one of the great ski isms of christianity of the Protestant reformation.
Forbidding the generation of saints including saint Nicholas.
The Dutch just said forget it we're still gonna do it we don't care the English said okay well what if we move it.
To Christmas Eve and say were waiting for father Christmas instead of saint -- is that okay.
The German said okay we're gonna move it to Christmas Eve but weren't gonna say we're waiting for the Christ child.
As the Germans Dutch English and more came to America each bought their Christmas traditions -- Kindle became Chris Pringle there was a lot of Christmas Santa Claus.
-- to become unified around early 1820s with the release of a home about a mysterious and winter's night visitor.
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house it helped define the -- -- image in America.
Along with Coca-Cola countless movies and ends.
I think it's a wonderful kind of completion.
It's like a big souffle.
But for orthodox Christians and I think for Christians in general.
The idea of gifts.
Associated with Christmas.
Comes pre eminently from the greatest gift giving the gift of god son to be human family.
And in -- you're going Green seemed.