Santa Claus has been around for many, many years. Some of the stories or legends show Santa first appearing on Earth 200 or 300 years after the birth of Jesus Christ in the beloved form of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was a real person. Nicholas, the only child of wealthy parents, was born around 280 AD in Asia Minor, or Patara, now in Turkey. His mother taught him the Scriptures. Nicholas lost both parents during an epidemic. Their estate left him with a great deal of wealth. Over the years he became very generous to others, sharing his wealth for the benefit of many people in need.
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