5 How the concept of Santa Claus caught on
St Nicholas was credited for Santa Claus, during the renaissance in Europe he became known as the patron saint of Christmas. He began to be recognized and regarded in Holland as Sinter Klaus which then became Santa Claus. In 1804, an artist John Pintard created an illustration of jolly Santa for which we know him today. In 1800’s, as an act for collecting charity for the needy people, the salvation army of USA thought of an idea of dressing men as Santa Claus to collect donations . This further entrenched the figure of Santa Claus as the adorable pot bellied white whiskered man we also call Father Christmas.
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6 Holly and ivy
By the time of the druids, people celebrated with holly and ivy to mark the winter solstice. Because this time of the year is dark thus holly and ivy is a symbol to lend color to the season. Some traditions also regard the holly and ivy as symbols of the crown of thorns and blood of Jesus Christ. In some countries, it began to represent Mary and Jesus.
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