Where is Santa Claus? Wikipedia says his address is: Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, H0H 0H0; no postage is required. However, archaeologists claim they might have found the final resting place of Saint Nicholas, a.k.a. Santa Claus, beneath the floor of a church in Turkey. The relatively intact 1600-year-old tomb was found beneath the ruins of an ancient church and scientists believe that they are the remains of St Nicholas.
The man we know as Santa Claus has a history of his own. The concept of Santa Claus, closely associated with Christmas, stretches all the way back to the 3rd century and this figure has been inspired from Saint Nicholas. The saint was adored for his kindness and generosity. Common belief says that the saint gave away all his inherited wealth to the poor and sick. And it is this generosity that led to his growing popularity. And the modern-day Santa Claus has been born out of this legendary figure.
Santa Claus is said to bring gifts to 'good' children on Christmas. The saint is contemporarily depicted as a jolly man, sporting a white beard, a broad smile, a big belly and the red and white ‘Santa’ costume. He is often believed to come from the north pole and deliver gifts to those good children who leave out their wish lists on the stockings by the fireplace. A whole range of Christmas carols are based on this fatherly figure. His popularity gained immense prominence in today's idea of Christmas, so much so that Christmas, for many, is often synonymous to Santa Claus.
There have been many heated debates about the remains of the saint. This is because his physical remains are considered relics. Other such similar debates have arisen over the relics of other saints like the remains of Mary Magdalene and St Peter, have also been ‘discovered’ in different locations over a period of time.
Whether this location is St Nicholas's ‘final’ resting place is yet to be authenticated. And just like his debated existence, Santa Claus’s location is ever changing.