For the people of southern Indiana, a visit to Santa Claus does not require flying reindeer or the Polar Express. “Santa Claus” is actually the name of a small town that lives the Christmas spirit year-round. In that town is the church of St. Nicholas; a name that points to the man behind the myth. This saint was a bishop in the fourth century and his acts of generosity inspired the legend of the anonymous gift-giver that we know as “Santa Claus.” This video takes a trip through the town and the church to find the roots of this mysterious man in red.
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Video created by Thing in a Pot producer Katie Rutter for Catholic News Service.