15 Jolly Facts About Santa Claus

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Santa Claus as we know him today is a plump and jolly old man dressed in red. By sheer magic -- and with the help of his trusty reindeer -- he's somehow able to deliver presents to millions of good little boys and girls all around the world each Christmas Eve.

But he didn't start off that way! The original Santa Claus was known as Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was born in Greece 280 years after the birth of Jesus, and grew up to become a bishop in the Roman town of Myra -- in modern day Turkey.

So how did a Greek saint turn into Santa Claus? And what more do we know about this merry fellow? Click through to find out!