What Santa is based on St Nicholas?! You don't say. Catholic children receive gifts from the magi, not wise men. There is a difference.

The origin and evolution of Santa Claus [Infographic]

What Santa is based on St Nicholas?! You don't say. Catholic children receive gifts from the magi, not wise men. There is a difference.

With Easter greetings  Risen Christ with Saints Nicholas and Stephen by Domenico Piola in the Church of Saint Stephen, Lavagna, Italy

With Easter greetings Risen Christ with Saints Nicholas and Stephen by Domenico Piola in the Church of Saint Stephen, Lavagna, Italy

Icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

When Is Saint Nicholas Day This Year?

Icon of Saint Nicholas of Myra, bishop. (Photo © Slava Gallery, LLC; used with permission.)

Saint Nicholas / Santa Hand-carved ornament

Saint Nicholas / Santa Hand-carved ornament

Full Story book to click through about St. Nicholas: "Saint Nicholas of Myra The Cheerful Giver"

Full Story book to click through about St. Nicholas: "Saint Nicholas of Myra The Cheerful Giver"

Santa / Saint Nicholas Carrying a Lantern / 3-1/4"

Santa / Saint Nicholas Carrying a Lantern / 3-1/4"

Saint Nicholas / Santa Pulling a Sled - 4-1/8"

Saint Nicholas / Santa Pulling a Sled - 4-1/8"

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