Many thousands of years ago, there lived a man called Nicholas who spent most of his life giving of his wealth to those in need. Most of his donations were given in secret and the recipients were never to know who had been so kind to them. Stories of Saint Nicholas spread far and wide and reached the homes of the Elves. The wise Elves decided that they should carry on the good work of Saint Nicholas. The wise Elves met a toymaker who was also named Nicholas who very much embodied the spirit of Saint Nicholas. This toymaker was already busy delivering surprise gifts to children. The Elves called him Saint Nick.
The Elves of the Northwoods wondered how they could help him deliver to as many children as possible in one night. They suggested he call on the magic reindeer of the Northwoods forest. The reindeer embraced the idea and suggested a sleigh which they would pull as they flew him magically around the earth. The chimney was decided as a great secret way to bring gifts in to the homes. Many people left their socks drying over the fireplace and Santa Claus loved to pop special treats in the socks to surprise all the next day.
The stories of Saint Nick soon spread around the world. Families told stories of the “Jolly Old Elf” – a book was written about him called “The Night Before Christmas” and children wondered at the tales of his flying reindeer. Many different countries gave this secret gift giver different names and loved to share tales of his gift giving. He soon became known by many as Santa Claus. Children from all across the world started to send him letters. Many left them in the chimney for Santa to find.
Santa and his Elves realized that they would need to start early every year, making toys and learning about the latest trends and technology to be able to keep up with all the wishes and letters from across the world. The workshop Elves began work alongside the research Elves. Everyone was busy all year long at Santa’s Village.