This is a 17 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Celebrating Christmas Traditions – The History of Santa Claus. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides to the presentation as you need to.
Santa Claus has become the singular, most celebrated secular symbol of the Christmas Holiday season throughout Europe and the USA. Every city and town celebrates Santa’s annual arrival with much pomp & circumstance. Santa’s arrival, usually on Thanksgiving weekend, ushers in the “unofficial” Christmas Holiday season as children vie for his attention.
Children are taught early to believe in Santa Claus as parents invoke his name, often to get them to behave. Later children are saddened to learn they have been duped by their parents when they discover he is not real!
But the Santa we know today was much different in his earlier versions. The true story of Santa Claus begins not with mythical person, but with a real, extraordinary person named Nicholas. He did many kind and generous deeds in secret, expecting nothing in return.
In the 16th Century in northern Europe, after the reformation, the stories and traditions about St. Nicholas became unpopular. But someone had to deliver presents to children at Christmas, so in the UK, he became 'Father Christmas' or 'Old Man Christmas’.
In some countries including parts of Austria & Germany, the present giver became the 'Christkind' a golden-haired baby, with wings, who symbolizes the new born baby Jesus.In the early USA his name was 'Kris Kringle' (from the Christkind). Later, Dutch settlers in the USA took the old stories of St. Nicholas with them and Kris Kringle and St Nicholas became 'Sinterklaas' or as we now say 'Santa Claus' and the rest is history!
The presentation covers the following:
Man of Generosity
Nicholas to Kringle to Claus
“Twas the Night Before Christmas”
The “Real” Santa Claus
Santa Claus’s Identity
Santa & Presents
Santa Claus’s Suit
Harper’s Weekly Santa
His Changing Appearance
The Coke Santa Appears
Coke & Santa
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading ….Holidays & Anniversaries.