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Viewpoint: Revered saint, winter solstice legends influence our modern view of Santa

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At the South Washington Heritage Christmas brunch on Sat, Dec. 12, I gave a history of the Santa Claus tradition in America and I want to share the story of the transition of Catholic Bishop St. Nicholas to today's Santa.

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He's known as the ambassador of joy, goodwill, kindness and generosity, but he wasn't always clad in crimson.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
(651) 459-7600
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