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The Legends of Santa Claus

In the past on this blog, I have ignored big holidays except on the date itself. For some reason this year, that seems hard to do – maybe it's the seasonal videos and other stuff I've been finding - so it's Christmas all the way until next week.

Santa Claus is a legendary, mythical, folkloric figure of many cultures under many different, although mostly similar names. It follows, then, that the details of his origin are contradictory, confusing and fascinating.

There is a documentary titled The Legends of Santa I discovered recently and am delighted with. Narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough, it is beautifully produced and stuffed (like a Christmas stocking?) with a whole lot of information about how the jolly fat man came to be.

Here is Part 1 of 4. You can watch the other three here at YouTube.

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Ronni, this is terrific. I plan to watch it all some time during the holidays. Thanks!

Yes, Virginia, there is a Samta Clause.

Bodily harm and possible abduction to Spain for a year before being delivered back!
Good grief!
Our Christmas celebrating is thankfully evolved!

I am so glad you discover such great things to share with us!!! Thank you so much.
Michigan Grandma

This was fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

that video seems to be no longer available. there are others on youtube, but i think the wikapedia site has done a very thorough job: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus. i am sorry i couldn't find the attenborough video, but i will search elsewhere for it before i give up.

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