Thomas Nast

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....

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