Santa, Superman And Notre Dame: On The Reinvention Of Culture

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Originating from the real-life Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus has gone through many iterations and will likely continue to do so in the future. He didn’t always give gifts, or wear red, or be plump and jolly; these were incorporated from various other Christmas figures, like the Dutch’s Sinterklaas and England’s Father Christmas. He also wasn’t mentioned as having a wife until 1849, and even then, Mrs Claus wasn’t a permanent fixture. Given this history of reimaginations, Norway’s postal service’s new depiction of Santa as gay isn’t too surprising. Read full article here

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