No matter the country or culture, one man has become a myth and legend synonymous with Christmas. You can call him Sinterklaas, Babo Natale, Kanakaloka, Pere Noel, Father Christmas or Santa Claus. No matter the name, Saint Nicholas is the man behind the stories. On this episode of hiSTORY, Glenn traces the evolution of Santa Claus from a real-life 4th century Turkish bishop named Nicholas, to his banishment in Reformation-era Europe, to the dominant modern American version of Santa Claus we know today.
Watch the video below for a sneak peak and answers to these strange questions:
• What does the name Nicholas mean?
• How did Nicholas save the daughters of a family from prostitution?
• How did three boys end up as meat pies on the way to get a blessing from Saint Nicholas?