January 6th 2012
Santa Claus and Poseidon
Santa Claus and Poseidon are very different. One is a patron Saint of Christianity, and one is an ancient Greek god. But both of them have similarities. Santa and Poseidon are both used by companies to sell products. They both are not real. Both of their cultures have days celebrating them and to remember them.
In 1804, New York said that St. Nicholas is a patron saint of both society and in the city (Santacenter.org). He was and still is called father of Christmas in North America. He is portrayed as a big, fat and jolly white man. He wears a big fluffy red and white jacket with collars and cuffs. He had a big white beard. He is said to live in the North Pole, with elves, and that he himself is an elf. All year, the elves make toys in a workshop. On Christmas Eve, Santa travels in a sleigh pulled by magical flying reindeer and delivers presents to all the boys and girls house’s around the world.
Santa Claus was originally based on Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was born in 280 AD, in modern day Turkey. While Nicholas was alive, he would give money and toys to the ones in need. Most of the time, he gave to only women. He was not sainted until 500 AD, which was long after he died. He died on December 6th, 343 (Clarie Suddath). The Catholic Church said that you will be rewarded in the afterlife if you give up your earthly possessions (The Bible). He probably never even thought that he would be sainted.
Santa Claus is very popular in North America and in Europe. Most of the time, only Catholic families celebrate the coming of Santa Claus on Christmas. Many companies; such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, and Hershey, use the image of Santa Claus in commercials or pictures to try to sell to kids and adults. It is thought that the image of Santa Claus was created by Coca Cola as a marketing scheme. In Italy, there is a myth like Santa Claus, it’s a magic witch that flies on a magical broomstick and delivers...