The North Pole

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Arianna Rodriguez

 

The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years, to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that he was born around 200 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. However, this is not the place most people associate with Santa.

Santa’s association with the North Pile is due to Thomas Nast, an American cartoonist. Between 1863 and 1886, Nast submitted 33 Christmas drawings to Harper’s Weekly magazine. One of these drawings was titled “Santa Claussville N.P.” and depicted a village in the North Pole.

Nast set his drawing in the North Pole for numerous reasons. A major reason being Americans and European’s fixation on the highly publicized and unexplored Arctic. Due to this lack of exploration, the Arctic was thought of as a mythical place, especially the North Pole, which hadn’t even been seen at the time. Another reason Nast chose the North Pole was because reindeer lived there and it had been established that reindeer were Santa’s preferred form of transportation. The main reason Nast chose the North Pole was because it snows all year in the Arctic. With snow being such a huge symbol of Christmas, Nast thought it would be the perfect place for Santa to reside.