"Santa Claus is a biblical character"

28th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

28 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – More than 11 percent of the Dutch believes that Santa Claus is a character from the Bible. This emerged on Wednesday from a poll of 2,700 people by website Vergelijk.nl. Only 2 percent thinks that commercial competitor Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) is a biblical figure.

28 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – More than 11 percent of the Dutch believes that Santa Claus is a character from the Bible. This emerged on Wednesday from a poll of 2,700 people by website Vergelijk.nl.
 
Only 2 percent thinks that commercial competitor Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) is a biblical figure. 

More than 50 percent of respondents believes Santa Claus is originally based on Saint Nicholas. 25 percent says they have no idea where Santa Claus comes from and the remaining 25 percent says he was invented by Coca Cola.

Santa Claus is presumably derived from Saint Nicholas, whose feast day the Dutch colonists brought to America in the 17th century. The appearance of Santa Claus as we know him today was largely created by American soft drink manufacturer Coca Cola.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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