as he appears today
is an advertising device created
by CocaCola company. His origins lie in history.
Of particular note is his incarnation
as St. Nicholas. Translate this into another language - Santa
is not a respelling
of Satan, but a Spanish translation of saint
- note the towns and cities with Santa
in the name (e.g. Santa
in his present incarnation
does tend to skew the meaning of Christmas into a self-centred
greed, rather than a celebration of love.