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The name 'Santa Claus' comes from the 4th-century bishop St. Nicholas who is buried in the crypt of the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy. Nicholas used his whole inheritance to give help to the needy, the sick, and the suffering. But what did he look like?

Since 1930 Coca-Cola have used an image of Santa Claus as: a jolly old man with a white beard, fluffy red suit and rosy red cheeks since 1930. They based it on that of  Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas." But what did the 'real' St. Nicholas look like?

Researchers in Liverpool have been able to reconstruct it for us. Thousands of measurements and x-ray photographs have been taken of his skull and bones. The facial reconstruction by Professor Caroline Wilkinson in 2004 was updated in 2014. This gives us a good idea of what the original 'Santa Claus' would have looked like - “a Greek man, living in Turkey … about 60 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, who had a heavy jaw and a broken nose.”

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro' the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads'.   Clement Clark Moore


That is so cool that they were able to do that!
here in the US the depiction of Santa is based on the drawings on Thomas Nast
He was a political cartoonist
his Santa dates to 1881
How interesting.