In the United States, the modern traditions about Santa originate from the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” written by Clement Clark Moore and first published in 1823. With Santa arriving on Christmas Eve in his sleigh driven by eight reindeer, and coming down the chimney with his sack of toys, it includes just about everything we think of when it comes to Christmas. But it wasn’t until 1881, when cartoonist Thomas Nast used Moore’s poem for inspiration to create the look of Santa that we have all come to know–a full white beard, round belly, dressed in his distinctive fur-trimmed red suit, with black belt and boots. Nast also created the North Pole workshop, complete with elves and Mrs. Claus.
While the American versions of Santa and his Christmas traditions have spread around the world, there are still some differences as you travel around the world.
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