The American version of the Santa Claus figure conventional its motivation and its name from the Dutch myth of Sinter Klaas, brings by settlers to New York in the 17th century. As early as 1773 the name emerged in the American press as "St. A Claus," but it was the admired author Washington Irving who gave Americans their first thorough in sequence about the Dutch account of Saint Nicholas.
In his History of New York, available in 1809 under the alias Diedrich Knickerbocker, Irving explain the entrance of the saint on horseback (alone by Black Peter) each Eve of Saint Nicholas. This Dutch-American Saint Nick attain his fully Americanized form in 1823 in the poem A stay From Saint Nicholas more normally recognized as The Night Before Christmas by writer Clement Clarke Moore.
The American illustration of Santa Claus was further intricate by illustrator Thomas Nast, who describes a plump Santa for Christmas issues of Harper's periodical from the 1860s to the 1880s. Nast additional such particulars as Santa's practicum at the North Pole and Santa's list of the good and bad children of the world.
The Orthodox Church later hoists St. Nicholas, miracle worker, to a location of great regard. It was in his admiration that Russia's oldest church, for example, was built. For its part, the Roman Catholic cathedral privileged Nicholas as one who helped children and the poor. St. Nicholas befalls the supporter saint of children and seafarers. His first name day is December 6th.
In the Protestant areas of middle and northern Germany, St. Nicholas later became identified as der Weinachtsmann. In England he approaches to be called Father Christmas. St. Nicholas made his way to the United States with Dutch settler, and began to be refers to as Santa Claus.