( MAGAZINE)

Ho, ho, ho! the famous words of an old man in the red, which is a symbol of joy and winter holidays, and one of the most famous personalities in the world. Of course, it is a Santa Claus! Did you ever wonder where it comes from a legend about him?

In the imagination of all the world’s children, even adults who are young at heart, Santa Claus is a benevolent grandpa, long gray beard, the glasses on the tip of my nose, a robust round belly, always cheerful, dressed in red robes lined with white fur. Legend has it that Santa Claus has always lived in the far north of Finland. His home is in Lapland, the largest and least populated province of Finland. In the early 1950s a group thoughtful Finns came up with the idea to raise the village of Santa Claus. The idea has become a reality thanks to the Finnish-mail. Children from all over the world send letters to Santa Claus in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Canada and even the Eskimos in Greenland, but never received a response. Then the Finnish post office opened a small office in the polar circle, and students who have worked here have begun to respond to letters addressed to Santa. Santa Claus is from 1985 to date received 11.1 million letters. The legend was born, and Finland has become the only real homeland of Santa Claus.

Santa Claus is described as a tall, distinguished-religious person who rides a white horse through the air. In North America Santa Claus took shape fat, jolly, old gentleman who has no religious attributes of Saint Nicholas. Modern Santa Claus lives at the North Pole with the help of elves delivering toys to good children around the world.

One of the characteristics of the modern era, life in the illusion, entered into all spheres. The powerful media have created their patron saint, Santa Claus, which pushes the boundaries between fantasy and reality.