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The History Behind the Christmas Tradition — Who Is Santa Claus?

Have you ever wondered where the idea of Saint Nicholas, as we think of him today, originated? Who really dreamed up the fur-suited fat man with a long white beard who rides around the world in a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer, handing out presents and stuffing stockings with Christmas treats?

“It is a treasure trove that will bring you closer to the holiday when you really know who Saint Nicholas is,” explained Glenn on the show today.

Watch the clip above to learn the story of the German immigrant named Thomas Nast whose drawing of Santa Claus (based on the traditional German version of Sankt Nikolaus) debuted in Harper’s Weekly, January 3, 1863.

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Democratic Socialism is 'Diet Communism'

Does 'Democratic Socialism' sound like a fresh new idea and give you Utopian dreams dancing in your head? Does it sound like the compassionate cure to all of societies woes?

Pull up a seat and watch as Glenn tells you what it really means and just how dangerous this "solution" really is.

HANDS-ON HISTORY

Abraham Lincoln | Episode 5

Glenn seizes history from textbooks and sterile classrooms and brings it to life in a way you can see and touch. In Hands-On History, Glenn uses artifacts from his personal collection to tell the stories that made America great in hopes of ensuring an even greater tomorrow.