Where did Santa's reindeer come from??
Actually He is a caracter of Kalevala, which is the own national epics of Finland.
In finnish language He was first called VAINAMOINEN. He was the Greatest shaman of North. The book Kalevala tells about His adventures.
When christianity came here, it destroyed the old culture and customs of this country complitely. Still it came to the habbit, that the old pagan hero VAINAMOINEN came to homes at the birthday of Christ, to punnish naughty and gift nice and kind. Then He was called NUUTTI-PUKKI (that means Goat of Nuutti) Nuutti was a pagan selebration at the time where now is Christmas. When christianity got stronger He started to be called JOULUPUKKI (Christmasgoat). He is still called that in here.
Americans made Him commercial and called him "Santa Claus" to change his name for the saints name.
He actually does not say ho ho ho or climb in from the roof. Here He comes to every family to give gifts, at Christmas, in person. Really.
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