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This Christmas Tell Your Children the Real Santa Claus Story

Behind today’s mythical Santa Claus from the North Pole, is a real saint – St. Nicholas. How he came to be today’s gift-giving jolly figure from the North Pole is a fascinating story all by itself.  By Lisa Bitel Santa Claus...

The Real Face of Saint Nicholas — or Santa Claus — Recreated

Despite the many myths surrounding some Christmas figures, certain legendary figures are actually rooted in history, and Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as Santa Claus, is one of them. Elected as Bishop of Myra, in Asia Minor, in the fourth century...

Seven Christmas Customs that are Uniquely Greek

Most Christmas customs like the Christmas tree, singing the carols or exchanging gifts that are observed in Western countries have become universal

The Historical Origins of Santa Claus, or St. Nicholas

The world knows Santa Claus as the symbol of Christmas, who brings kids toys, but he is actually a modernized version of Saint Nicholas, the devoted Greek bishop who lived in the fourth century in the Lycian town of...

Thessaloniki Has Finally Located its Santa for 2019

Authorities in Greece's great city of Thessaloniki announced on Thursday afternoon that they had finally found the Santa for whom they had been searching for weeks. Following weeks of casting, rehearsals, interviews and thorough ...Christmassy-type investigations, Greece's second-largest city has...

Greek Postal Service Has Santa's Helpers Answer Children's Letters

For the past 27 years, the Hellenic Post (ELTA) has offered a special service to children who send letters to Santa Claus: the kids get a reply letter from "Santa's helpers", telling them that their letter has been forwarded...

Touching Letter of Greek 8-Year-Old to Santa Claus

What would an average 8-year-old boy ask from Santa Claus for Christmas? A tablet, an iPhone, a PSX 2017, would be the normal guess. But little Alexis is a fourth-grader in crisis-stricken Greece and his wishes are more modest, to...

Turkish Archaeologists Claim they Found St Nicholas Burial Site

Archaeologists in Turkey have made a discovery which could settle a century-old debate and disappoint millions of children around the world. They have unearthed what they say is likely the tomb of the original Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, beneath...

Santa Pays Visit to Refugee Children in Koutsohero

Refugee children and their families living in the camp of Koutsohero, near Larisa, enjoyed a festive event on Wednesday when a visiting Santa Claus distributed presents, toys and traditional “melomakarona” sweets. The event was organized by the municipality of Larisa...

Santa Clause Run Floods Central Athens! (video)

The Third Annual Santa Run took place in Athens Sunday as People dressed as Santa flooded the streets for the 2.5 kilometer run. The run began in the city center and ended at City Link, Arcade Spyromiliou and many jolly...