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2007-12-13
Name: Editor Have you ever wondered where Santa Claus came from? Do you know of any other stories regarding the origin of this character? Does Santa Claus visit your home at Christmas to give gifts to your children?
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2007-12-13
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Name: Shabnam
Subject:  Indian aspect?
Which version of these stories do Indians believe in? We are slowly starting to become more like the Western cultures. How does Santa Claus relate to the traditional Indian family? For us, we usually do not give gifts during Christmas.
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2007-12-13
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Name: Nishant
Subject:  Very similar
The Northern European tradition of Odin and his hunting party is extremely similar to the modern-day traditions associated with Santa Claus. It is amazing to see how the traditions of one culture have been completely changed to suit a different religion altogether. I guess this is what happens to all civilisations eventually.
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2007-12-13
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Name: Aditi
Subject:  Santa Claus
It was nice to read more about how the character of Santa Claus came to be. I had heard of the connection with Saint Nicholas before but the other parts were new to me. This is a great way to tell children more about the history of Santa Claus (at least when they are older).
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