He has part of a Spruce tree resting on his right hand; a pure white beard; a puppet in his left hand; a large sack of toys on his back; a pleasant looking face; and bright red clothes and shoes. Saint Nicholas is his name, but today in Canada he’s mostly known as Santa Claus with a jolly smile, and known for going down people’s chimneys with bags of toys. It is said that Saint Nicholas gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. Over many years his popularity kept spreading and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. A feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6th. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. Santa Claus of today works hard, year-after-year for millions of children who can’t wait for Christmas Eve. This would be the evening or entire day welcoming Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the Birth of Jesus. Christmas Day is observed world-wide, and most children couldn’t be happier.  Many of them expect the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer landing on their rooftop.  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer always leads the way.

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