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Patt Morrison on how Saint Nicholas became Santa Claus




Children pose for a photo with Santa Claus as he visits Christmas Square on December 20, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Children pose for a photo with Santa Claus as he visits Christmas Square on December 20, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Children pose for a photo with Santa Claus as he visits Christmas Square on December 20, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
'The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus,' by Adam C. English.


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The image of the rosy cheeked and bearded Jolly Old Saint Nick is etched in our minds. But what about the real Saint Nick? Was his tummy really like a bowlful of jelly? Did he even exist? 

Well, not sure about the belly, but some historians believe the legend of Santa grew out of a real man, Nicholas of Myra.

KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with Adam C. English, author of "The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus." He uncovered some old documents about the original Nick, a Greek who lived in what is now Turkey, during the third and fourth centuries.

Hear an extended interview and read more on Patt's Blog.