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I've been told that the current popular image of Santa Claus derives from Coca-Cola advertising. I don't know how sure this is. --Pinkunicorn

Well I would have said that Coca-Cola invented the modern Santa - except just looking on Google I found this about [1], it goes into quite a bit of detail and looks to be a reliable source.

Really good book on the invention of Santa Claus: [2]---Trimalchio

Does anyone else think it might be a good idea to separate and compare the various Santa Claus/St Nick/Father Christmas traditions on this page? I ask because I would expect to see something about Nikolaustag (Dec. 6) if I looked on this page.

On the other hand, I can see limiting this to the specifically US American version and doing see alsos...JHK