Redditor rappzula created a map that shows all the different names used for Santa Claus and related holiday gift-bringers in Europe. The midwinter custom of anonymous gifts from a magical figure was in place in Europe long before Christianity. the figure of St. Nicholas was added later. Meanwhile, the magical figure can be an old man, the Christ child, a woman, a goat, or even a log. Some bring gifts at Christmas, others at St. Nicholas Day, the New Year, or some other day. In some countries, one figure comes at St. Nicholas Day and another at Christmas! But they all know if you've been naughty or nice. Click to enlarge the full-size map here. -via Buzzfeed
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