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The Difference Between Father Christmas and Santa Claus

The Difference Between Father Christmas and Santa Claus

He is the person responsible for spreading Christmas cheer, but have you ever wondered what the difference between Santa Claus and Father Christmas is?

 

No matter what you call him, children all over the world look forward to his visit! But still, have you wondered what the difference between the two is? Is there really a difference between how Christmas is celebrated in America compared to England?

 

Considered as distant cousins, Santa Claus and Father Christmas draw their origins from Saint Nicholas of Myra.  He lived during the 4th century.  At the time, he was not known as Father Christmas.  He was known as the bringer of spring.  Later during the Saxon rule, he adapted into King Frost (known to visit people’s homes and give them presents during the holiday season if they were nice to him.)

 

When the Vikings invaded Britain, Father Christmas adapted and became an elderly man with a long white beard traveling all over the world from December 20 to 31st handing out presents to people who were good and punishments to those who were bad.  Britain was introduced to Saint Nicholas during the Norman invasion.  At that point, Christmas was combined with Saint Nicholas and Father Christmas or Father Noel was born.

 

In America, Father Christmas is known as Santa Claus or Kris Kringle.  Thanks to the Dutch who brought along the stories of St. Nicholas, Santa Claus was born.

 

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