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Some people call him Father Christmas, other people name him Santa Claus, but whatever name he goes by we all know him.
is the jolly, fat man who comes out only on Christmas Eve. He loads his
sleigh up with toys for all the good children in the world. He wraps
himself up in a warm, fur-lined suit of red cloth with matching hat and
warm black boots. Then he hitches up his magic flying reindeer, leaves
behind his workshop at the North Pole and takes to the skies. For hours
he gallops across the wintry, frozen landscapes to bring toys to
millions of excited children around the world.
He has become the
living embodiment of the Christmas Spirit. But where did this loveable
old boy come from? How old is he? Has he always been so jovial? And what
about the elves, reindeer and North Pole?
Many people think that
Santa was invented for an advertising campaign by Coca Cola. Others date
him to Victorian times. A few may place him back in the 18th century or
even Tudor times. But they are all wrong.
He is much, much older than that.
book traces the development of our favourite Christmas character from
his origins many centuries ago down to the present day. We learn when
and how he started giving presents to children, why he is so fat and
where the reindeer came from - among many other things.