“Jesus is the reason for the season”, as the phrase goes. Christ was born on that day, and there was a celebration of His birth. When we go to Church we celebrate God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This celebration at Church is called a Mass. The term given to the birth and the celebration of the birth was Christmas. The name for the celebration came many years after Jesus was born though.
The spirit of giving started when Jesus was born. The Wise-Men and Kings brought the baby Jesus all kinds of gifts. They brought Gold, Frankincense,and Myrrh. The little drummer boy had no money to buy a gift for the baby Jesus, so his gift to Jesus was playing the drums for Him. That showed that a gift can be something as small as spending time with someone, or singing for them. Whatever you give, whether it is bought or handmade, or just a gift of time, it is the thought of doing something for the person that counts.
Now that you know how Christmas came to be, I will tell you a story about how Santa Claus came to be. I have heard many different stories ever since I was a very little girl. Now I am going to try to put them all together so that they make sense. This is what I think happened.
Santa Claus has been around for hundreds of years. When the story of Jesus birth traveled around, many people started giving gifts to young children in honor of the baby Jesus. But there was one man that traveled long distances in order to give young children gifts. His name was Nicholas Kriss Kringle and he was a big man. Because he also gave things like food to whole families, he was made a Saint. It didn’t take long before everyone knew about Saint Nicholas Kringle.
Saint Nicholas was also a great magician. Not only was he a magician, but he had studied the movement of the earth. While studying the movement of the earth, he discovered the different time zones around the world, and learned that there was as much as a whole days difference in the time zones.Once he discovered this, he figured out which countries were a day ahead of the other countries. That way he knew which countries to go to first, because Christmas day would be in those countries a whole day earlier than in the United States of America. That way Saint Nicholas actually had two days to deliver the presents in.
However calling him Saint Nicholas Claus was a very long name. Before too long, his name was shortened to Santa, for Saint Nicholas, and Claus for his last name, for a new name of Santa Claus. And so on it went for many years, until Saint Nicholas Claus passed away.
Well, everybody liked the things that he had done, and didn’t want the practice to stop. They didn’t want Santa Claus to be forgotten. Groups of men from many areas came together to discuss what needed to happen. Everybody wanted the practice of giving to the young children to stay, and to start giving to older children and adults as well. But they agreed that there needed to be someone in charge of everything, and that whoever that man was, would become the new Santa Claus. The rest of the men would be Santa Claus’s helpers. The helpers would be called elves. The elves were different sizes when they were born. Some of the elves were little people, and the rest of them were big size like Saint Nicholas was.
Because Saint Nicholas was a magician, he was able to do all of the deliveries by himself. None of the men in the group was a magician. Because of this, there was no way that one man could make all of the deliveries in the two days that Saint Nicholas had done. They knew that it would take a lot of men to do the job. That is where the elves came in. On the first of the two days, the big elves would put on Santa Claus suits and join Santa Claus in delivering the presents. There were just enough elves to get all of the presents delivered. Oh, and when the elves aren’t helping Santa Claus deliver presents, they are going all around making sure that every little boy and girl goes to sleep like they should, and that they are being nice, just like the song says. It is the elves that tell santa Claus if you are sleeping or if you are awake, and whether you have been good or bad. So you really better be good.
Now there had to be some way to make the sleighs fly. Well the original Saint Nicholas was able to make what can only be called “Magic Dust”. It was so magic that it never ran out, It kept making more and more of itself all the time. This magic dust worked only when it was put in the reindeers food for a whole month before Christmas. That way it would be in their muscles and stuff. Well this magic dust changes regular reindeer into flying reindeer. That way, by the time that Christmas came they would be able to fly. Then all that would be needed was for some of the magic dust to be sprinkled on every Santa Claus and their sleighs so that they could also fly.
There was one reindeer that was really special to Santa Claus. This reindeer was called Rudolph, and he was born with a nose that lit up red. Santa always liked him, so he never wanted to have him help to fly the sleigh, but Santa still fed him the food with the magic dust so that he could have fun flying around the North Pole. Santa didn’t want anything to happen to him. But one night the weather was so bad and the snow so heavy that Santa and the regular reindeer could not fly. Then Santa thought about Rudolph with his nose that lit up. That night Santa decided to use Rudolph to help to light the way for the sleigh. He did such a great job that Santa started using Rudolph all the time. There was another secret about the magic dust. With the reindeer eating it and it getting into their blood streams, it made them so that they would live for ever.
Now you know what I think the real story about Santa Claus is. So you better mind your Mommy and Daddy, or whoever takes care of you.