Eight Christmas Characters Most Americans Don’t Know

Santa Claus is the American face of the Christmas season popularized most heavily by the poem ‘Twas the Night before Christmas which essentially codified the Santa tradition.  He is based heavily off of the earlier European models Sinterklaas, Father Christmas, Old Man Winter, and of course St. Nicolas.  The poem took these old world variations and developed the jolly old elf we know and love today, complete with his sleigh and eight reindeer.  Rudolf would have to wait until much later to be introduced to the mythology.  But throughout Europe there is a broad range of Christmas characters less familiar to Americans who reveal the richness of this holiday tradition.  Here are eight Christmas characters most Americans don’t know.

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