Santa Claus

The Charlotte Observer

A story from Charlotte made its way through the national news cycle. It wasn’t over politics or global warming, but a Christmas display at SouthPark Mall. The massive traditional Christmas tree Santa usually visits families under was replaced with a glacier which sparked a social media uproar.

The tree is now back and the glacier is history, but there’s one perspective we haven’t heard from, Santa.

"Jolly Old St. Nicholas," at least the way we've been brought up to think of him, is a red-cheeked, fat, white-bearded man in a red suit and hat. But the REAL St. Nicholas of Myra has a far different image. How did we get our modern idea of Santa Claus, or "St. Nick," and how does he compare with Nicholas of Myra? We'll be joined by a man who has chronicled the life Nicholas, and has studied the legend of Santa Claus and will put them together for us.