A Visit from St. Nicholas

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Saint Nicholas, known in the United States as Santa Claus, is a symbol of the wonderment, generosity, and goodwill of the Christmas season. The literary selections, articles, and activities in this mini-anthology explore Saint Nicholas’ roles as a Christian figure and a Christmas gift-bringer, and the values that Saint Nicholas personifies. A special note: Sparrow Tree Square takes the philosophy of Francis P. Church’s “Is There a Santa Claus?” as its guide for presenting Santa Claus in this mini-anthology.


Santa Claus, author unknown
from A Ballad of Santa Claus by Henry Van Dyke
Mrs. Kriss Kringle by Edith M. Thomas
A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore

Is There a Santa Claus? by Francis P. Church

Saint Nicholas Day
Santa Claus Around the World

Making Gingerbread Cookies

Further Reading
Guide to Illustrations