February 23, 2000
That's your side of the story! There are people half-way around the world-and some even closer!-that call Santa Claus by all sorts of different names, like Saint Nicholas, Noel Baba, Father Frost and Sinter Klaas! We've met some of them, and they all have different ideas about who Santa Claus is.
Other people say the St. Nicholas story is actually about two people -- a child who brought gifts to children in secret, and a dwarf who traveled with him. The people called this St. Nicholas "Kris Kringle."
And other people think St. Nicholas used to be a god of the sea, like Poseidon (say, "po-sigh-don") who ruled over the Greeks, or Neptune (say "nep-toon") who watched out for the Romans.
Whichever Santa Claus, Father Frost, Noel Baba or Kris Kringle you believe in, isn't it wonderful that children all around the world believe in him too?
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