Who is … Julemanden?

His name literally means ‘The Christmas Man’ in English. According to where you’re from, this could refer to Santa Claus (USA, Australia), Father Christmas (UK, India), Père Noël (France) and so the list goes on …

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December 23rd, 2011 8:23 am| by admin
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Do these names all refer to the same man?
Actually there are so many stories and legends that, over time, they have become mixed together. Luckily, IÂ’m going to give you a brief summary of some of them. So, if youÂ’re sitting comfortably, IÂ’ll begin.

Legend has it that a baby, Nicolaus, born way back in the third century, in neither Lapland nor Greenland but … wait for it Â… Turkey, grew up to become the bishop of Myra. He was rather wealthy and saved a family from poverty by throwing money into their window at night. Is it starting to sound familiar? He also had the handy talent of saving sailors from wild storms. This talent secured him a place in the hearts of shipping folk for centuries to come. Incidentally Dutchmen referred to him as Sinterklass, and when they moored in New York, this morphed into the American Santa Claus.

So why isnÂ’t he called Saint Nicolaus (or in Danish, Sankt Nikolaj)?
In Denmark, after the reformation, people werenÂ’t supposed to believe in saints. But the new Lutheran church found it difficult to get rid of this particular holy man because he had become so popular. They dropped his bishopÂ’s hat, and as Saint NikolausÂ’s death coincidentally occurred in the month of Christmas, called him Julemanden. The trick was played so well, that the population didnÂ’t even notice!

Forget all that history malarkey; tell us where the man lives now!
This is a rather controversial questaion, especially in Denmark. The Danes couldnÂ’t have him residing in a timeshare in Antalya, Turkey. Many other countries believe he lives in Lapland, but the Danes are having none of that either. He lives, of course, in Greenland! And what will they do when Greenland becomes independent? I guess he and Rudolf will be packing their bags and moving to Skagen.

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