Happy Saint Nicholas Day!

Santa Claus—otherwise known as Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle—has a long history steeped in Christmas traditions. Today, he is thought of mainly as the jolly man in red who brings toys to good girls and boys on Christmas Eve.


Santa’s story stretches way back to the 3rd century, when Saint Nicholas became the patron saint of children and sailors. Find out more about the history of Santa Claus !