Every year around Christmas time, we are reminded of the heroes who have shaped the holiday season. Names like Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman are just a few of the Christmas heroes who have become part of our holiday traditions. But where did these characters come from?
Santa Claus is perhaps the most well-known of all Christmas heroes. According to legend, Santa Claus is a jolly old man who lives at the North Pole and delivers presents to children on Christmas Eve. However, the origins of Santa Claus can be traced back to a real person: Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas was a Christian bishop who lived in what is now Turkey in the 4th century. He was known for his kindness and generosity, and he was said to have given gifts to children and the poor. Over time, stories about Saint Nicholas spread throughout Europe, and he became one of the most popular saints in Christendom. In the 18th century, English writer Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem about Saint Nicholas that helped to shape our modern image of Santa Claus.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first appeared in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May and published by Montgomery Ward. This hero, often ridiculed for his shiny red nose, saved Christmas by guiding Santa’s sleigh through a stormy night sky. Another popular hero, The Easter Bunny, is known for hiding eggs and candy for children to find on Easter morning. He is also a symbol of springtime and new life.
These are just a few of the many Christmas heroes who have become part of our holiday traditions. Each one has a unique story that helps to bring Christmas to life.
Enjoy the spirit of Christmas with these activities and remember the great heroes!