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  1. dusitn
    dusitn at |

    God bless the Krampus!

  2. asselman
    asselman at |

    sinterklaas is based on historical facts and santa claus is made up from that.

    xmas is the birth of christ and the xmas tree is abouth Fertility.

    (sorry abouth the bad english)

  3. Aralia
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    You have some things messed up with Tomte (or tonttu here in Finland). Joulupukki is not tonttu, they work for him. Joulupukki is Santa. He lives in Korvatunturi, Finland. Tonttus act as spys and tell him, who's been nice. Joulupukki drives a sleigh, not the tonttus. Other wise nice article. Hyvää joulua from Finland!

    1. Evan
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      Thanks for clearing that up, Aralia. I have to say that the Tomte was the entry I had the hardest time finding reliable information on, but it was just too interesting to leave out!

  4. Ashley Le
    Ashley Le at |

    i like these versions better than the Santa Claus i grew up with. i like the Russian one

  5. PushyKiat
    PushyKiat at |

    Ded Moroz wears blue cloths not red

  6. MrBully
    MrBully at |

    Sinterklaas is not a dutch version of Santa Claus. Sinterklaas is based on the historical story of a Christian Bishop working in Turkey and retiring to Spain. It is in no way related to, derived from, or a substitute of Santa Claus.

    Furthermore the entire story surrounding Sinterklaas, how he arrives, Black Pete, nothing has anything to do with Santa Claus.

    1. Evan
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      I'm aware of the background of Sinterklaas, but this list was written more in reference to the way kids see the characters rather than their exact historical backgrounds. I agree that I was a little unclear in saying he's the dutch version of Santa, but all I meant was that, like Santa, he serves as a gift-giving character of the holiday season. Still, I have to disagree that Sinterklaas has nothing to do with the modern Santa Claus. As far as I can tell, he's one of the biggest historical influences on the modern Santa character, and there are certainly some major similarities.

      1. asselman
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        I like the list.

        I just wanted too mention this because people might forget the treu meaning of xmas.

      2. sarah
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        Sinterklaas is Saint Nicholas.
        He was taken to the US by European immigrants (mostly Irish I believe).
        In Europe they say that when he’s not giving out presents he lives in Spain (though there is no actual historical refrence for this, we just seem to all accept this as true). In the US the south or Spain wasn’t a very place for him to stay, so they chose a more remote ‘home’. When they decided on the North Pole though he needed a thicker wardrobe to protect him from the snow and cold.
        I don’t know how the date of gift giving changed though. In Belgium and the Netherlands he visits homes on the 6th of December (the saint day/birthday of Saint Nicholas), for some reason Santa visits on Christmas. In Belgium there is no connection between Sinterklaas and Christmas.

        1. thomas burke
          thomas burke at |

          Sinterklaas was brought to America by Dutch immigrants and was merged with Father Christmas and other traditions to form what would eventually become Santa Claus

        2. Hans Brinker
          Hans Brinker at |

          Right you are. The early Dutch immigrants in New Amsterdam — later called New York — celebrated Sinterklaas. In the morning of December 6, Yes SIX. (Sinterklaas’ birthday) a few presents were found in shoes and stockings around the fire place. A treat from Sinterklaas for the sweet children who had been busy singing St. Nic. songs… Gifts forwarded by Sint’s little helper black Peter who came through the chimney.

          In later years the date was set on Dec. 5 in the evening, which allowed more time to celebrate and unwrap the parcels. Also small humorous rhymes were incorporated in some parcels. Mentioning the good and or bad behaviour from the passed year. Rhymes had to be read aloud.

          English speaking immigrants welcomed this and incorporated this in their Christmas feast. Sinterklaas, Sainteklaas, Santa Claus was born. He immigrated back to Europe as Santa Claus. So Sint Nicholas (Sinterklaas is NOT at all a Dutch version of Santa Claus at all as so many people want us to believe.

    2. asselman
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  7. Gwen
    Gwen at |

    I really enjoyed this list. I think if someone like the Krampus was involved in the US watered down version of Christmas more people would be inclined to like it. As it is Christmas is just overrated version of BUY BUY BUY! Annoying as hell. I like the different versions of winter guys. It all seems to revolve around getting children to behave. I wonder if it has to do with the nights being longer and the sun not being around hardly at all. Getting threatened with all sorts of things will make you want to behave atleast for a little while will it not?

    It is my belief that the celebrations we have for this time of year started off for the Winter Solstice. Then after banning the pagan celebrations didn't work, the Catholic Church decided to celebrated Jesus's birthday on Dec. 25. The exact same day of Winter Solstice. Clever hum? So Christmas is a Pagan Holiday! Celebrate everyone! No one really is for certain when Jesus was born.

  8. Emziie
    Emziie at |

    in spain Santa doesn't bring the presents..

    the three kings bring the presents just like they brought the presents to baby jesus and the kings bring the presents on the5th or 6th of january

    i used to live there so i know this is true

  9. liesbet
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    Sinterklaas comes on the 6th of december. And his grave is in Turkey. But we tell the children he comes from Spain with oranges and tangerines.

    It's a very nice holiday.

  10. Jess
    Jess at |

    The beloved Krampus and his nicer side Saint Nicks, rocks to be austrian

  11. Scott
    Scott at |

    Belsnickel!!! and I always thought that was something my dad made up to scare us…. I guess he's real and kids should be afraid… very afraid….

  12. Luka Pilat
    Luka Pilat at |

    I'm from Poland. Well, it's not like I do not know who Ded Moroz is, but we don't celebrate Grandfather Frost. He is popular only in "mother Russia" and probably Ukraine. And Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Poland, aren't former Soviet republics, what is suggested. We're postcommunistic but not soviet. The only one Santa we believe in is the traditional one from Laponia, so it's kinda mistake in the article. However it's great, just like all from this website.

  13. Cristy
    Cristy at |

    Krampus,seems more like halloween than christmas to me, but if it gets the kids to behave…

  14. dun dun dun
    dun dun dun at |

    Sinterklaas and Black Peter? That's a pretty funny way to transform "zwarte piet" in the name "Black Peter".

    Also, where's Mister Frost from Russia?

    Anyway, nice list!

  15. Machinegun_arg
    Machinegun_arg at |

    Just a few word to say that, in the france thingy section, it is LE père fouettard and not LA. "la" is used for female gender (person or thing) and "le" for males. And I just assumed the character is a guy so you should use "le" XD

  16. Medusa Pictures
    Medusa Pictures at |

    Dear Sirs,

    I’ve uploaded a few days ago an animated film entitled “Christmas” on YouTube, which fits nicely with your website.
    He told a child just like the Christmas mail reaches the North Pole and processed. Moreover, it is shown how are the gifts.

    In this clip I’ve put more than 1,600 hours of work, but the results speak for themselves.
    As a special feature I would like to mention that this film is also available as a 3D version.

    I would be delighted if they would recommend this film or paste it into your site.

    2D Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_aEgJZ8cBk
    3D Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fxwffuv7FAQ

    With pre-Christmas greetings
    S�¶ren Fahr

  17. Anon
    Anon at |

    Ahh, Ded Moroz, it’s been a long time since I lived in Russia, good times, good times.
    Might I add, that “Sinterklaas” is a real historical characater, didn’t know when he lived, but I do know that he was real.

  18. Brian O'Connell
    Brian O'Connell at |

    Don’t forget that the modern version of Santa Claus was created by the Coca Cola company in the 20th century, making an amalgam of previous versions.

  19. Brian O'Connell
    Brian O'Connell at |

    @dun dun dun: I’m pretty sure that Grandfather Frost was repackaged as a Russo-Finnish movie in the 1960s, used in the MST3K episode titled “Jack Frost”.


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