Found this site while looking for stories for my daughter (2 1/2 yrs) and thought that is was rather interesting. Read this and see where he really came from. Also learn about the reindeer thing-as well as Rudolph. This is from The History Channel's website, so I'm sure that everything is factual. I'm sure there are other sites out there. The Coca-Cola company has published a book (Twas the Night Before Christmas) in which a brief history of Santa Claus is included. History shows that before the release of a promotional can by the company to attempt to make Coke a year round beverage in stead of just summer, America's view/vision of Santa Claus was as varied as the cultures living here. The artist hired to create a few seens for the company (Sundblum) is responsible for the way America now pictures Santa. It is said that after that first promotional season, the Coca-Cola Santa became the embodiment of Santa common throughout the country. What does Santa Claus/St. Nicholas/Kris Kringle look like in other countries?? I am also curious to see what the different customs are and learn about your Santas. Let us here at HoL learn something interesting this holiday season.