Who came up with the charactor Santa Clause? Who came up with the idea to have a big fat jolly man give out presents?i loe christmas and i loved the magic of “Santa”but i do wonder, who came up with the story line of rudolf the rednose raindeer, elves, Santa Clause, being good to get presents, and other christmas stories?thanks!

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he had been around for quite a while, the coca cola company’s incarnation is the one that stuck, the fat jolly man with a beard and wares red. (i think)the-north-pole.com/history/

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa”, is a figure which was derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, a historical, legendary and mythological figure who in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24[1] or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day).[2] The legend may have part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of gift giver Saint Nicholas. A nearly identical story is attributed by Greek and Byzantine folklore to Basil of Caesarea. Basil’s feast day on January 1 is considered the time of exchanging gifts in Greece.While Saint Nicholas was originally portrayed wearing bishop’s robes, today Santa Claus is generally depicted as a plump, jolly, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots (images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache). This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast

Well santa came from back in the day a man was giving out gifts to kids in his town, doing nice things for everyone without asking for anything in return, his name was saint nicholas so thats where that came from. i think the rest is like anything make believe, magical things are always so much more amazing and interesting to kids and makes it all more special, leaving out carrots for the reindeer and such is exciting for them :. i think the whole “being good to get presents” thing probs originated from parents telling their kids that to hopefully scare them into line cause of course kids want presents 😛 haha..i love christmas 🙂

Seelie and Unseelie courts anyone know sites/books for research? I want to work on a project, but I can’t seem to scrounge up research for it, can someone help me find some decent history sites of the two and the races, all races of Fae? I am fascinated right now with it, and would love to get some more information. Races, history, classifications. ALL information would be loved! Please!
Below are some exerps from some books that are about the different courts. This is an interesting topic. The Fey/Fae are a very popular subject lately. “Northern fairies were of two classes- the “gude fairies” and the “wicked wichts;” they were otherwise described as the “seelie court” and the “un-seelie court.” The members of “the seelie court” were benefactors of mankind; they gave bread to the poor, and supplied them with seed-corn; they cheered the afflicted and comforted the mourner. Upon those mortal who propitiated their favour they bestowed loans and gifts. ….Upon mankind the “wicked wichts” were ever ready to inflict Skaith or damage. Shaving persons with loathsome razors, they eradicated every vestige of whiskers and beard. When in a fit of temper anyone commended himself to Satan, “the unseelie court” took the speaker at his word, and forthwith on a dark cloud transported him into the air, and thereafter consumed him to charcoal. The “wicked fairies” feasted on viands which they abstracted from human habitations,-especially on the food and liquor provided for those who assembled at funerals,-while be means of hair-tethers they conveyed their stolen dainties unseen to their viewless abodes. They were belived to seize healthy children from the cradle, and in their stead to substitute brats, sickly and loathsome.”Rogers, Charles. “Folklore.” Social Life in Scotland: from Early to Recent Times, Volume 3. Vol. 3rd. Edinburgh, 1886. 256-57. Print. “The name unseelie is frequently applied to solitary unpredictable Fairies, while the term Sluagh (slooah), or the Host, is applied to bands of these malicious Fairies. The Sluagh are the most formidable of the Highland Fairires and should be avoided, unless the Witch is a staunch believer of the Old Ways.Members of both the Seelie and Unseelie Courts of Scotland wear plaids and bonnets, and carry swords at their sides. They always have bagpipers and musicians with them. Fairies work in all Elements except Fire. Some of them are more proficient in one Element than in others. Fauns: ….Fauns are a milder form of the lecherous Satyr. Fauns are described as being smaller than humans, with twisted ram-horns, pointed ears, and a small goat’s tail.They live in forests and care for the wild animals. Their hauntingly beautiful music can entice humans to dance in the moonlight. ….Fauns provide valuable assistance when humans are working with agriculture, animals, music, dance or woodlands. They work with the Element of Earth.Gargoyles: .Gargoyles are a much older species of Otherworld beings; their history goes much farther into the past than Christianity.Gargoyles can help with draining away negative emotions, people, and events that are affecting our lives. They are experts in moving through time and space. You need patience when working with Gargoyles, as they are slow and deliberate in their actions. They work with the Element of Water, Earth and Air. “Conway, Deanna J. “Part II.” Wicca: the Complete Craft. Berkley: Crossing, 2001. 101-03. Print. Other types listed Gnomes, Goblins, Green Men, Knockers, Merfolk, Nixie, Pixies, Pooka, Selkies< Sylph, and Trolls.