Is Santa Claus a religious figure? No and Yes

Question

Is Santa Claus a religious figure?

Answer

No. Business-version Santa Claus is not religious figure. Coca-cola and Haddon Sundblom caricaturized historic St. Nicholas for advertisement and sales purposes in December. There is no religious interest in it.

Business-version caricature of St. Nicholas by Haddon Sunblom and Coca-Cola for advertisement purpose. This version dictates modern St. Claus all over the world. Remember, it is not about religion, instead, business.
Business-version caricature of St. Nicholas by Haddon Sundblom and Coca-Cola for advertisement purpose. This version dictates modern St. Claus all over the world. Remember, it is not about religion, instead, business.

Yes. Historic Santa Claus was St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra, Turkey, a leader of Christ followers in 4 AD century.

Historic St. Nicholas, exceptional religious figure in Christ followers.
Historic St. Nicholas, exceptional religious figure in Christ followers.

An answer depends on which Santa Claus in question. See “Chronology of St. Claus: from history to art to business


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