From Saint Nicholas
The Story Of A Saint
"After you stop believing in
The whole world just goes downhill."
(Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears)
The Life of Saint Nicholas
Saint Nicholas Comes to the New World
The Father of Santa Claus:
A Visit from St. Nicholas
– The Poem
Moore or Less – Disputed Authorship of the
Santa Gets a Helping Hand: The Elves
Santa Gets A Face: Thomas Nast
Santa Claus and His Works
– The Illustrated Poem
The Christmas Revival Continues – A
The Christmas Card
"Is There A Santa
The Family Grows – Santa Takes a Wife
The Modern Santa
Evolves – Norman Rockwell and
The Family Grows
Again – Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Evolution Continues
Demise of a Saint
The Contemporary Dutch Tradition
Appendix A. Henry Livingston, Jr.
Appendix B. Answering the
Images of St. Nicholas from Catholic Forum
Write your letter to
Santa Claus at SantaSearch
(not just from "one to ninety-two!")
Progress on Christmas Eve!
NORAD Tracks Santa Website (in six languages, with
lots of extras; after November 25)
NASA's Santa Track
In past years, NORAD has been
assisted by NOAA (according to a 2001 press release from
NOAA). It's uncertain whether such a spirit of cooperation will be
extended in future years, or whether NOAA would consent to assist NASA as
well. Time will tell.
Please note that NORAD's efforts are
the result of volunteer individuals and organizations, and provides this
service at no cost to U.S. taxpayers.
On the topic of flying
reindeer, generally, one person to talk to is Tony Vecchio,
Director of the
Oregon Zoo, who is compiling scientific data for his
research on reindeer flight. His website,
Reindeer Sightings, contains tips on sighting reindeer, a
world map to see where other reindeer have already been sighted, a press
release, and a video interview with Mr. Vecchio. There is also an email
address for reporting sightings!
Note that this seasonal site that may or may not be
the link above is to the press release from the Oregon Zoo.
Other Links Of Interest
Santa: The Real
Story - Extensive Santa Claus site; includes a version in French: Père Noël:
St. Nicholas: Discovering the Truth About Santa
Claus. Outstanding site.
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