flying panda said this in post #22 : im not sure the person that came up with "santa" didnt thin, or make it because its an acranim of satan. and do black people beleive in santa? i think so, so you can not say that it is predominantly white, because otherwise it would only be white people beleivein.
i think santa was made in england, or eurupe, BEFORE they even thought that black people existed, so you cant really go around saying that
btw, i think your idea on coal has probly come about from the hatred between white and black
Santa was started in Europe I believe. I know the french have had him around for awhile.. we were talking about it in class. Their santa is actually thin... so ha!
The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends. It is said that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and traveled the countryside helping the poor and sick. One of the best known of the St. Nicholas stories is that he saved three poor sisters from being sold into slavery or prostitution by their father by providing them with a dowry so that they could be married. Over the course of many years, Nicholas's popularity spread and he became known as the protector of children and sailors. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death, December 6. This was traditionally considered a lucky day to make large purchases or to get married. By the Renaissance, St. Nicholas was the most popular saint in Europe. Even after the Protestant Reformation, when the veneration of saints began to be discouraged, St. Nicholas maintained a positive reputation, especially in Holland.