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Father Christmas or Santa Claus

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Biles, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    The name may be a derivation of Sankt Nikolaus (Sankt meaning saint in German)
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  2. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    Try educating yourself.

    Far better for you than reading the Daily Mail.

    @Dunteachin But Sinterklass is a lot more similar to Santa Claus.
  3. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Oooooh. Someone is grouchy! Lol
    You clearly used Google for your fascinating bit of info and you are clearly a lover of all things tinsel...!

  4. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Something is either similar or not, no? A lot more similar sounds a bit clunky.
  5. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Is that the firm that gives money to the passengers when they get to the destination?
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  6. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Hmmm. It sounds as if you are trying to contain your rudeness...
  7. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    The mods are much more on the ball these days. A good thing, I feel.
  8. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    You're going to report me for saying you should educate yourself instead of talking about an article in the Daily Mail?

  9. aspensquiver

    aspensquiver Star commenter

    Eh? What are you talking about? Have you done something to merit being reported?
  10. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    I see that there's an ignore list on this forum.

    You are now on mine.
  11. foxtail3

    foxtail3 Star commenter

    Well, back to the original! Father Christmas was the name I learned as a child, but as the metaphorical distance between GB and the USA becomes smaller, Santa Claus seems to be more prevalent. Or is that a Northern thing?

    I don't mind though, as long as whoever it is, turns up on Christmas Eve!
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  12. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Have you driven for them as well?
  13. freedom-of-information

    freedom-of-information New commenter

  14. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    In France it's Le Père Noel and in Italy it's Babbo Natale (Daddy Xmas), so maybe the English are more in line with southern traditions. It may be that the Scots, favouring Santa (sounding way too American for me) are more in line with our northern and eastern neighbours.
  15. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I think you've summed it up in a nut-shell.
    aspensquiver likes this.
  16. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Yes, resign now, you'll have to work out your notice for the next 10 years though.
  17. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    I've tried handing in my notice but nobody seems to take any notice.
  18. Sid_Pubes

    Sid_Pubes Senior commenter

    I am staggered that educated people think that Santa Claus is American. He is derived from St Nicholas, the patron saint of children, pawnbrokers, archers and sailors, not to mention Amsterdam and Moscow.. Originally, children were given presents on Nicholas's feast day, December 6th, but the custom in Europe moved to December 25th after the Reformation. The iconoclasts wanted to celebrate the birth of Christ rather than a saint's day.

    He is entirely a European tradition exported to America probably during the European emigrations in the 19th century, and this is probably why he is more celebrated the US than Father Christmas.

    Father Christmas is a relative youngster, dating only from the 1500s, as against Santa Claus who goes back 1600 years. His popularity was revived by Charles Dickens in A Christmas Carol.
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  19. Biles

    Biles Established commenter

    You live and learn.
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  20. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    And then there's the whole Coca-Cola campaign which gave us his costume, if I'm not mistaken.
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