Get Into The Holiday Spirit With Lore, History, And Fun Facts Surrounding Santa Claus

Although there are different interpretations of him all over the world, the modern Santa Claus is a legendary figure who brings gifts to the homes of well-behaved children on Christmas Eve. In Western culture, he has become the icon of the Christmas season with his red suit, flying reindeer, and a bag full of presents. Yet, there’s far more to the story of Santa Claus than what we see in popular culture. Take a look into how the legend came to be, what he represents in different cultures, and some fun facts about everyone’s favorite North Pole resident.

Father Christmas And The Yule Goat

Drawing of Father Christmas
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Father Christmas is regarded as one of the earliest personifications of Santa Claus, dating back to the 15th century. Father Christmas is known for bringing joy to all humans during the holiday and throwing massive feasts for everyone to participate in.

The Yule Goat is Father Christmas’ version of a reindeer, and during ancient Slavic times, Yule festivals were thrown to please the gods in hopes of fertility and a good harvest. The Yule Goat used to be depicted carrying offerings of straw and grain, but later versions show it carrying Father Christmas.