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
Martin of Tours was the third bishop of Tours, France, and became one of the most popular Christian figures in France. Prior to the emergence of Nicholas of Myra as the predominate midwinter gift-giver, Martin served in a similar role on his feast day, November 11, and both were likely selected more for their feast date in relation to a region’s midwinter celebration than any religious consideration. He lives on primarily as Pelzmartin, “Martin in furs”, or similar names or appearances adopted after the Reformation made saints unwelcome in Protestant regions.