No matter your religion, almost everyone around the world has heard of Santa Claus-the jolly, white haired, bearded fellow who sneaks down chimneys early on December 25th to leave toys for good boys and girls.

But where did all this folklore come from? It maybe shocking, but there is actually very little connection between Santa Claus and the actual Bible. It all comes from ancient myths and stories from Northern Europe that ended up all being mashed together to create our beloved modern version of Santa Claus.  explains: