4. Santa Claus comes from St. Nicholas, a Christian bishop living in (what is now) Turkey in the fourth century AD. St. Nicholas had inherited a great deal of wealth and was known for After his death, the legend of St. Nicholas spread. St. Nick’s name became Sint-Nicolaas in Dutch or . Which is only a hop, skip, and jump to Santa Claus. Santa Claus delivering presents comes from Holland’s celebration of St. Nicholas’ feast day on December 6. Children would leave shoes out the night before and, in the morning, would that St. Nicholas would leave them.to help the needy. When sainted, he became the protector of children.