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The tradition of Santa Claus, also known as Father Christmas, comes from a combination of Christian and pre-Christian traditions. The character of Santa Claus is based on the historical figure of St. Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop from modern-day Turkey who was known for his generosity and gift-giving. Over time, the legend of St. Nicholas merged with other traditions, such as the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas and the English figure of Father Christmas, to create the modern-day character of Santa Claus.
The modern image of Santa Claus as a jolly old man in a red suit with a white beard and a sleigh full of gifts is largely based on the 19th-century poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas").
In the 1930s, Coca-Cola was looking for ways to boost its sales during the winter holiday season. The company hired commercial artist Haddon Sundblom to create a series of advertisements featuring Santa Claus enjoying a Coke. Sundblom's depictions of a jolly, rotund Santa Claus dressed in a red suit with a white beard became wildly popular and helped to cement the modern image of Santa Claus in the minds of many people.
Children write letters to Santa Claus with a gift list because it’s a fun and exciting way for them to express their wishes and hopes for the holiday season. For many kids, writing a letter to Santa is a beloved holiday tradition that allows them to imagine the magical possibilities of Christmas and to dream about the gifts they would like to receive.
It’s also a way for children to express their excitement and anticipation for the holidays, and to share their thoughts and feelings with a beloved and mythical figure. For parents, write with their kids a letter from Santa can be a special and heart-warming moment that helps to create lasting memories and to nurture the spirit of the holiday season.
Here are some writing tips for children who want to write a letter to Santa Claus with the help of their parents:
Dear Father Christmas,
My parents don't know that I’m writing to you so I hope that you don't mind.
I have been waiting all year to write and tell you what I want this Christmas from you!
I don't know if you need to check how good I have been, I do try but sometimes it is hard to do everything mum (UK)/mom (USA) and dad tell me to do! The year is very long and so that is a lot of things to do that I don't like!
Please, please, please can you find me the (name of the gift you want). All of my friends have it and they won't let me play with them until I have one too!
The other thing that I also would like is the (name of the gift you want). It looks really cool and I know that some of my friends have it and think it’s great. Please Santa (USA)/Father Christmas (UK), I promise to be a good (boy/girl) if you bring me these two things this year!!
I will be leaving you out some yummy biscuits (UK)/cookies (USA) to nibble on in case you are hungry when you stop by with the presents, if you are thirsty just help yourself to what we have in the fridge! Mum (UK)/Mom (USA) & Dad won't mind!
Safe journey, we are the (3rd) house on the left, no. (34).
I hope this letter finds you well at the North Pole. I'm writing to let you know that I'm really excited for Christmas - especially this year. I've been on my best behavior and participating in all kinds of extracurricular activities.
I am very excited for Christmas and can't wait to see what gifts you will bring me. On my list this year, I have asked for a new bike, a set of Legos, and a stuffed animal. I hope that you will be able to bring me these gifts, but if not, I will be just as happy with whatever you choose to give me.
I also wanted to let you know that I have been leaving cookies and milk out for you on Christmas Eve, along with a carrot for Rudolph. I hope you and your reindeer enjoy them.
I hope you have a safe and happy journey on Christmas Eve, and I can't wait to see what surprises you have in store for me.
Thank you for always being there for us kids. Have a wonderful Christmas season!