The holidays are right around the corner and the world is clamoring with excitement for the gifts that will be coming down the chimney this Christmas Eve. Children all around the world display their best behavior as Christmas nears with the hopes they make Santa’s “nice” list and receive the gifts they want when they wake up on Christmas morning.
The mysterious and elusive Santa Claus wasn’t always around, however. The Kris Kringle we know today has only been in existence for about the last few hundred years and only gained mainstream popularity much more recently than that. So where did Santa come from? – you might ask. The answer isn’t as simple as you might imagine. Santa Claus, or Saint Nick, has come about as a culmination of hundreds upon hundreds of winter, Yule and Christmas gift-giving beliefs and traditions that have slowly evolved into the jolly Father Christmas that is celebrated today. This infographic, created by Kremp Florist, explores the origins and evolution of Santa Claus and other Christmas characters that are the life of the Christmas spirit each year.