I’ve finally awoken from my immortal sleep and am now slipping this Monday post into its slot very late in the day. Every now and then a recharge is necessary. So let’s not jump right in.
As I began to mellow from all the craziness that had befallen my life since our return home this last week my daughter and I curled up on the sofa Saturday night to one of our favorite Christmas movies – The Santa Claus. Sunday was spent repairing my son’s faith in the magic of Christmas. I took him to see Rise of the Guardians. The combination of events led me to today’s Immortal Monday…Santa Claus.
As I sat with my son discussing whether any of the guardians were real or not we circled around to how Santa Claus goes beyond the big guy in red. He’s a state of mind and a magic within our heart. As long as people believe in that magic the essence of Santa will continue to be immortal.
I checked in with Santa and was lucky enough to get this short interview. I’ll let him explain how Santa fits into the immortal status.Who knew Santa was so funny.
Actually, the Santa Claus we know today stems from a much older story, that of St. Nicholas, who can be traced back to southern Italy in 1087. We first see Santa Claus spring up in the mid to late 1800’s. In 1863 Harper’s Weekly published an illustration of Santa by cartoonist Thomas Nast.
He’s known by many different names across the world, but wherever he is, he is bringing joy to the children. The names of The Big Guy in charge of Christmas are:
Baba Chaghaloo * Babadimri * Gaghant Baba * Pere Noel * Deda Mraz * Papai Noel * Dyado Koleda * Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”) * Dun Che Lao Ren (“Christmas Old Man”) * Julemanden * Papa Noël * Pere Noel * Père Noël * Joulupukki * Weihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man” or “Nikolaus”) * Kanakaloka * Mikulas (St. Nicholas) * Baba Noel * Vader Kersfees * Daidí na Nollaig * Babbo Natale * Santa Claus * Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts) * Papá Noel * Kaledu Senelis * San Niklaw * Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”) * Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas) * Pai Natal * Mos Craciun * Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”) * Deda Mraz * Daidaín na Nollaig * Vader Kersfees * Papá Noel * Jultomten (“Christmas brownie”) * Noel Baba * Father Christmas * Santa Claus * Kris Kringle * Swiety Mikolaj
My dear friend, Tameri Etherton, took a look at some of her favorite Christmas movies this last week. You should pop over there as there are a lot of fun suggestions. I’d like you to share some of your favorite immortal movies here with us today. It can be holiday (Santa Claus), in nature or not. You already know I have a special place in my heart for the original The Santa Claus movie, but I’ll start the list off with something different. Here’s my immortal movie for this Christmas…Nightmare Before Christmas.
Now it’s your turn. Start your lists!
This was a light Immortal Monday as I feel the rest may be through the month of December. But let’s not forget we are in the count down for the Mayan’s projected end of the world an era. Make the best of this holiday season as change is coming! 😉
Next week I’ll be asking for your top immortal reads so start compiling your lists.
A few of my favorite Christmas themed Friday Fictioneers I thought you’d enjoy:
I almost forgot to mention… Today (December 4th) is your last chance to take advantage of all the cool savings at the Christmas Book Fair. Remember, all profits are going to a GREAT cause.