There are so many different stories to tell . I find it so interesting, all the different stories from all around the world. It amazes me all the different traditions and beliefs of different countries, I love learning something new everyday!
The 18th century America’s Santa Claus was not the only St. Nick inspired gift giver. Some similar figures were popular all over the world.
Kris Kringle or ” Christkind” meaning “Christ Child” was believed to deliver presents to well-behaved Swiss and German children. Christkind is an angel-like figure often accompanied but St. Nick on his holiday missions.
Jultomten- A Scandinavian Jolly Ol’ Elf ,was thought to deliver gifts in a sleigh drawn by goats.
English- Father Christmas, legend has it that he visits each home on the Eve of Christmas and fills children’s stocking with treats.
French- Pere Noel was responsible for filling shoes of french children with goodies.
Russia- Believes an elderly woman named ” Babouschka” purposely led the three Wise men in the wrong direction to Bethlehem, later feeling remorseful. Every January 5th ” Babouschka” visits Russian children, leaving gifts at their beside in hope that one will be baby Jesus and she will be forgiven.
Italy- A similar story exists about a woman called ” La Befana”, a kind witch that flys down the chimney on her broom stick to deliver toys into stockings of lucky children.
So there you have a few . I hope this was as interesting to you as it was for me! Just some fun facts !