Aghios Vassilis St. Basil

The Greeks celebrate the midwinter holidays on January 1, St. Basil’s Day.

St Basil Greek Gift Giver


Santa Claus Worldwide distills the cheerful essence of Christmas from many sources and studies, old and new. In addition to his wide reading, author Tom A. Jerman has brought a wealth of personal experience

Great Read!

Santa Claus Worldwide describes gift givers throughout the world in history from the pagan god Odin to the present day Father Christmas, Weihnachten, Père Noël, Ded Moroz, and Santa Claus. Mr. Jerman’s thorough research of this subject, takes the reader on a journey...


Until now I’ve been especially interested in Clement C. Moore and his transcendent poem The Night Before Christmas. Tom Jerman puts Moore’s classic in perspective with a broad and highly informative look at the international history of Santa Claus. For my own...

This book is REALLY impressive

I’m not a historian (I work with a lot of historians, but I’m not one!) but this book REALLY impressive piece of work! Extensively referenced and Tom Jerman does a great, scholarly job of telling the “stories” that should be told with the support of a lot of...

As home of the Eastern Orthodox Church rather than the Catholic Church, Greece was not subject to the forces that formed the Christmas holidays under Catholicism, including the role of St. Nicholas as a Christian gift-giver. The Greeks celebrate the midwinter holidays on January 1, St. Basil’s Day, when Aghios Vassilis, the Greek name for St. Basil, plays the role of Santa Claus.