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Santa Timeline: Before he was cheery and chubby
Santa Timeline: Before he was cheery and chubby

You may think you know Santa, but there's a lot more to the legend than a bag full of presents. What follows is a selective history of St. Nick and how he came to be known as the jolly round man in the iconic red suit. PHOTOS: A look at the evolution of Santa Claus AD 280 The man we've come to identify at St. Nicholas was born in the third century in what is now Turkey. He eventually became a bishop in the early church and was known for helping the poor and the sick and for being a protector of sailors and children. Tales of his good works, including gifts to the poor, start to spread throughout Europe. 1087 Italian sailors or merchants allegedly steal the remains of St....

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