Until I randomly picked up this book:
at the library.
It tells the history of Christmas celebrations all around the world and the evolution of the Santa Claus we know now from St. Nicholas, a bishop from Turkey thousands of years ago. I'm not done with the book yet but it's really an interesting read. It's non-fiction but there's a lot of background info on a tradition that goes back a lot farther than I thought. I wonder if I'd prefer a non-fiction version though, some parts of the storyline are a little ridiculous (Like, all the fat jokes apparently hurt his feelings and Attila the Hun is one of his helpers...) but it's an easy read and I like it.
I'm telling you about this weird but good book so you can read it if you want to find out some more about the origins of Christmas celebrations, and also because
Oh, and Happy St. Nicholas Day!!