Santa Claus’ mother was Armenian – ethnographer reveals

Santa Claus’ mother was Armenian – ethnographer reveals

14:25 – 29.12.12

It has appeared that Santa Claus, the same St. Nikolas, has Armenian
origin. Ethnographer Rafael Nahapetyan, speaking to reporters today,
said that according to mentioning mother of the so much loved saint in
Europe was an Armenian.

`It is mentioned that he was born in 280 and was of Armenian descent.
It was considered that he was the son of Ergephan and Armenian beauty
Nune. This rich family was not having a baby for quite a long time and
finally, listening to their prayers, God gives them miraculous son,
which becomes a person worshiped in all the European countries,’ the
ethnographer said.

St Nikolas was born in Batara town (near today’s Antalya). In the
early age he lost his parents and was brought up by uncle Archbishop
Nikolas Yerets. The commandment Sell what you have and distribute the
money to the poor became his life’s slogan.

With people’s wish he became Zmyurnia’s archbishop. Later he was
exiled but continued propagating the Gospel. He died in 326 and is the
most loved saint known as Santa Claus.

Rafael Nahapetyan though said St. Nikolas was born in Zmyurnia from
where his remains were transported to Italy in 1080. `His mission was
curing people and families were looking forward for his visits,’ he

From: A. Papazian