HOME

10 Newest Projects

10 Most Popular Items

       
 
 
 

 

 
Important:

We recommend using 110 lb. card stock or better for most of our printables.  Please refer to the individual instructions to be sure.

 
CAUTION:

Some of our projects require items that could be swallowed by the very young.  We rely on the supervising adult's judgment to determine how appropriate a project is for each child.

 
 
The History of Santa Claus

 

Rooted in Norse and European legend, the original Saint Nicholas was a kind and generous saint of the 4th century born in Turkey.  Disguised in a hooded cloak, he traveled from door to door leaving gifts of food, clothing and money for the poor and underprivileged. 

     

Long after the legend of this benevolent saint had all but disappeared, Dutch children, who knew him as Sinter Klaas, continued to set their wooden shoes near the hearth hoping to find them filled with treats in the morning.

    

By the ninth century there was a rebirth of appreciation for the kindly Saint's life.  The Clergy of Cologne began observing the anniversary of the death Saint Nicholas with gifts of fruit and cookies for the boys in the cathedral school.  December 6th soon became Feast of Saint Nicholas Day and was celebrated by the people of many European countries as a special holiday.  

    

As immigrants flowed into America, so did the legend of Sinter Klaas along with holiday customs.  Most American children could not pronounce the Dutch name, so they called him Santa Claus.

    

Over the years, Santa Claus has become an all-American icon.  As most people know, he was brought to life in a bedtime story written by nineteenth century poet Clement C. Moore originally titled "A Visit from St. Nicholas".  We all know this traditional favorite as "The Night Before Christmas".  With this, Moore created the modern-day image of Santa Claus with his rosy cheeks, round belly and magical flying reindeer sleigh we all know and love.

    

But  the artists involved in the Coca-Cola Company's yearly holiday advertising campaign embellished the character with a red, fur-trimmed suit, black boots and a pointed hat making them more responsible for creating the accepted modern-day image of Santa Claus than anyone else. 

    

Regardless of which image is your favorite, children all over the world still believe this jolly old elf brings sacks of toys down even the smallest chimney every Christmas Eve.

 

 

 
                         
 

Resources

 

Articles of Interest

     

Our Sites

     

Miscellaneous

 
 

Advertise with Us

 

Baby's First Birthday Party

 

The First Thanksgiving

 

Candles 4 Christmas

 

Merry Sites

 

Red Cross

 
 

Contact Us

 

Creative Spaces

 

The History of Santa Claus

 

Fudge 4 Christmas

 

My Favorite Christmas Sites

 

St. Jude

 
 

Heritage Sites

 

Encouraging Play

 

The History of Valentine's Day

 

Fun Decorations 4 Christmas

 

Noella Designs

 

Toys for Tots

 
 

Link Exchange

 

Value of Coloring

 

The Origin of Halloween Traditions

 

Fun with Mother Goose

 

on the 12 days of Christmas

     
 

Link to Us

 

A Homemade Easter

 

The Sound of Christmas

 

Gingerbread 4 Christmas

 

Peppermint 4 Christmas

     
 

Privacy Policy

 

Make a Pumpkin Pie from Scratch

 

Why Cupid?

 

Holly Jolly Jigsaw

 

Snowflakes for Christmas

     
 

Resources

 

Reusable Candy Holders

     

Merr-E-Cards

 

The Home School Zone

     
 

Terms of Use

 

Symbols of Easter

     

Merry Games

         

Thank You for Visiting