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Who Is Santa Claus? A History of St. Nicholas, the Christmas Tree, and the Three Wise Men Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 2451 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: history-bytes (November 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AARNEN8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,378 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danielle on December 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I saw this book in the Kindle Lending Library and decided to give it a read for fun. I figured it would be a light read with cute folk lore about Santa and Christmas, perfect for the holiday season. While it was a quick read, it was far more informative than I anticipated. I also thought this might be a book written for a younger audience, but the explication of facts, legends and details Walsh lays out carefully is articulated in a much more mature manner.

Beginning with the origins of Saint Nicholas, Walsh traces the development of modern Santa Claus in a variety of countries and cultures. Because of the limited facts regarding "Santa Claus", the unverified tales tangent into a variety of branches to the question of who Santa Claus is. Walsh tackles many, if not all, of the stories that inform us of this holiday figure. Understandably, reading about all of these stories can get daunting at times, especially because Walsh talks about Santa in a variety of cultures and time periods; but if you're interested in history and culture you will probably love it!

Walsh also discusses the Christmas Tree, the three Wise Men, and the 12 days of Christmas. Being a Religion major in college I already knew most of the history and background tales noted, but it was very well articulated and better detailed in this book.

My favorite part of this book was learning about how the legend of St. Nicholas blended with Jesus Christ ("Chris Kindlein" or "Christ child") as the center of Christmas. The term Kris Kringle/Krinkle actually coming from Chris Kindlein even though the image of Kris Kringle/Krinkle is that of St. Nicholas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Clemmons on October 5, 2013
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not a really hard book to put down. U have to read for yourself to see if it is something U would like
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VampireLibrarian on October 4, 2013
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The story of Santa is a happy memory for me. My mother who passed away 3 Christmases ago LOVED the legend of Santa. This book brought back some of those memories of her for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shay on September 28, 2013
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I was expecting something a little lighter but this book goes into 100s of years of history which I found a little deep for me. If you love digging for the origins though and history is your thing, than get this book for sure. The author seems to have done his homework well. It is all here for you to dig into. You will definitely finish with "Santa knowledge".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James C. Casterline on November 20, 2013
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I thought there might be more to this book tham there is. I didn't see it would be a children's book which it mostly is. I learned a little. It didn't take long. I read it for free as a prime member which helped.
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