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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 10:46 AM
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Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus -- and Here's What He Looks Like
David Gibson
Religion Reporter
1 year ago



Is this the real Santa Claus? By tradition, no one is supposed to see the actual Saint Nick. Come Christmas night, as the song has it -- and even the Boss sings it -- he sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake. So you'd better be snoozing as well as pretty darned good, or else.

Besides, we all know what he looks like. Since the advent of Clement Clark Moore's "Night Before Christmas" in 1823 and his invention of that "jolly old elf," we have become so conditioned by the kid-friendly version of the roly-poly guy with dimples and cheeks like roses that we stopped wondering who the real Santa Claus was, much less what he looked like. From movies like "Miracle on 34th Street" to all those Santa stand-ins at the mall -- and his visage on every piece of Christmas kitsch you could ever sell -- the myth is so widespread and so good there seemed little reason to question it.

Until, that is, the invention of powerful computers and some fancy new software that uses "virtual clay." The technology makes possible the reconstruction of a face from a skull, even one as old as that of Nicholas of Myra -- also known as Saint Nicholas, also known as Santa Claus -- who lived and died in the fourth century in what is now Turkey.

So holy was Nicholas that after his death his relics were carefully preserved, and through the vagaries of history -- basically a Muslim-Christian war a thousand years ago -- the saint's skull and other bones were relocated (stolen or rescued, depending on your point of view) to Bari, a city on what would be the Achilles' tendon of the Italian boot.

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JohnnyRingo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-06-11 11:26 AM
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1. Maybe a red tassel hat would make him look more jolly....
...and less like someone Chris Hansen would walk in on at a 13 year old's house.
Maybe it's just the mug shot style layout and the edgy look in his eyes.

Still, an interesting study, and just in time for the holidays.
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deacon_sephiroth Donating Member (315 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 10:20 AM
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2. his cheeks ARE kinda rosey n/t
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