Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 17th December 2018 in Christmas | christmas,xmas,St Nicholas,early church,Nicea council,father Christmas,santa claus
...where the tradition
then came to England and merged with other ancient tradition
s of “Father Christmas”, a 15-17th century personification of Christmas in Britain.
Sinterklaas played by Bram van der VlugtBy Gaby Kooiman, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
It’s also from the Dutch incarnation of St. Nicholas that we get the tradition
al red outfit and big white beard of Santa Claus. In the Dutch tradition
, the Sinterklaas figure wears a red outfit styled after a liturgical vestment and tradition
al Bishops items, such as the mitre, alb and a crosier – a ceremonial shepherd's staff. He also carries a book listing out every child who has been good or naughty in the las...