The concept of the American Santa Claus originated with St. Nicholas, who was born in Asia Minor in 280 A.D. He was known as a kind, benevolent man; indeed made a saint because of his generosity.
In honor of St. Nicholas, December 6 became the traditional day in Europe for the exchange of Christmas gifts and the beginning of the holiday season.
Dutch immigrants to the United States brought with them their version of the gift-giving St. Nicholas, known as Sinter Klass. Americans, unaccustomed to the Dutch pronunciation, turned this into Santa Claus, who is beloved as a symbol of Christmas by children of all ages.
荷兰移民把他们关于赠送礼物的圣-尼古拉斯的翻译带到了美国，他们的发音是“Sinter Klass”。美国人不习惯于荷兰发音，把他改为“Santa Claus”，这就是广受孩子们喜爱的、圣诞节标志性的圣诞老人。