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Week 6: Santa and his Posse (or who is bringing presents to your house?)
December 16, 2008, 9:49 am
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Santa, as we know him today, was largely a product of 19th Century cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Santa, as we know him today, was largely a product of 19th Century cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Have you ever really thought about how strange the Santa legend is?  A rotund man from the North Pole arrives (via flying sleigh) on your roof, somehow manages to get down your chimney (with a bagful of goodies) and deposits them in your home without your knowledge.  And this, despite (in many cases) fairly advanced alarm systems, and (in other cases, like mine) a lack of a chimney.

Not all countries celebrate the same  bizarre legends.  In fact, many have interesting variations of their own.  This week, we’ll take a look at a few.

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