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Santa Claus Museum, Demre

Saint Nicholas: How a bishop born in Asia Minor become the modern-day Santa Claus

Today we often think of Santa Claus as living in the North Pole (when he’s not busy flying around the world on his reindeer-drawn sleigh delivering gifts to children). But the birthplace of Saint Nicholas was actually in Patara, Asia Minor (what is now Turkey) and he lived much of his life in Myra at modern-day Demre. So how did this 4th-century Christian saint and Greek bishop become the bearded,…