How to meet New Year in different countries The very first Santa Claus was Saint Nicholas. As he left, he left his adopted poor family golden apples in the shoes before the fireplace. December 5 from Spain by ship arrives Belgian Father Claus - St. Nicholas. It rides on a horse, wearing a miter and white episcopal robes. He is accompanied by the servant - the Moor, who is bag with gifts and rods for varmints. German children, breaking any toy, folded debris into the fire, and dumped the blame on Mr Nimanda ("No") - a prototype of Santa Claus. In France, two of Santa Claus: one is called "Grandfather Januar Lane - Noel, walks with a staff and wears a broad hat. He brings gifts to children in the basket. Second call-scow. This bearded old man wears a fur hat and warm ground cloak. In his crate hidden rods for naughty and lazy children. In Sweden, two of Santa Claus stooped old man with gnarled nose - and a dwarf Yultomten Yulnissaar. Both under New Year visiting homes and and leave gifts windowsills. In Italy, besides Santa Claus - Babbo Natale, the obedient children Befana comes a fairy godmother. She flies through the chimney and gives gifts to children. Tricksy gets coal from the evil Finnish Santa Claus - Yollupukki lives in Lapland and happy to answer children's letters. He wears a high conical hat, long hair and red clothes. his surrounded by gnomes in peaked caps and capes. In Norway, children get gifts Nisse - cute little brownies. Nisse wear knitted caps and enjoy delicious. In the U.S., Canada, UK and Western Europe it name is Santa Claus. He is dressed in a red jacket, trimmed white fur and red trousers. On his head - red cap. Santa Claus smoking a pipe, travels through the air and on the deer enters the house through the chimney. Children leave it under the tree milk and cookies. Only the Russian Santa Claus have a family. Wife - Winter and granddaughter - The Snow Maiden. In Russia, the Christmas tree was introduced by Peter 1. He commanded 1 January 1700 all homes decorate fir (juniper or pine) branches from samples set in the arcade. We - the tree. And where there is not? In Vietnam, it is substituted by a branch of peach. In Japan, a pine branch attached bamboo and plum branches. Thank you!