From Saint Nicholas




Icon of St. Nicholas

Santa Claus


The Story Of A Saint



"After you stop believing in Santa Claus, The whole world just goes downhill."
(Tom Clancy, The Sum of All Fears)



The Life of Saint Nicholas

The Reformation

Saint Nicholas Comes to the New World

The Father of Santa Claus: Washington Irving

A Visit from St. Nicholas – The Poem

Moore or Less – Disputed Authorship of the Poem

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 Christmas Carol

The Christmas Card

"Is There A Santa Claus?"

The Family Grows – Santa Takes a Wife

The Modern Santa Evolves – Norman Rockwell and Haddon Sundblom

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 Inevitable Question



Images of St. Nicholas from Catholic Forum


Write your letter to Santa Claus at SantaSearch
(not just from "one to ninety-two!")

Track Santa's 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, World 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 has been taken down; 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: L'Histoire vraie

St. Nicholas: Discovering the Truth About Santa Claus.  Outstanding site.

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Collections of Christmas Carols & Poetry
Compiled and Edited by
Douglas D. Anderson

Victorian Visions
A Christmas Poetry Collection

Divinely Inspired
A Christmas Poetry Collection

The Bridegroom Cometh
Poetry For The Advent

Other books by Doug Anderson

Once A Lovely Shining Star

A Christmas Poetry Collection

So Gracious Is The Time

A Christmas Poetry Collection

How Still The Night

The Christmas Poems of Father Andrew, S.D.C.

 Father and Daughter

Christmas Poems by Frances and William Havergal

Now, Now The Mirth Comes

Christmas Poetry by Robert Herrick

What Sudden Blaze Of Song

The Christmas Poems of Rev. John Keble

 A Holy Heavenly Chime

The Christmastide Poems of Christina Georgina Rossetti

All My Heart This Night Rejoices

The Christmas Poems of Catherine Winkworth

A Victorian Carol Book

Favorites from the 19th Century —
Still favorites today!

Other Books by Doug Anderson

A Psalter – A Book of the Psalms Arranged by Luther's Categories

Betbüchlein: A Personal Prayer Book, a recreation of Luther's 1529 prayer book

Daily Prayer

Luther's Passional

Luther's Writings on Prayer: A Selection

Devotions for the Advent – 2009

The Lenten Sermons of Martin Luther, Second Edition

Descriptions of all these volumes can be seen at
Books by Doug Anderson

Christmas is a wonderful, cheerful holiday.  Whether we spend it by a real tree or some Balsam Hill artificial Christmas trees, at the end of the day what matters is that we enjoy our time together with our loved ones. 

The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
Douglas D. Anderson

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