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最早的 ‘聖誕老人’ 是4世紀住在小亞細亞的一位主教：聖尼古拉。也因為這主教的善心，荷蘭人也在 12 月6日相仿他出來送禮物，而變成至今的聖誕老人。至於沒有人記載著當時聖誕老人的穿著，我想聖尼古拉當時也只有著大主教袍子。
至於有關 <綠聖誕老人> 一說則是來自英國的17世的鄉村。英文版的話你可以參考這裡：
"Pre-modern representations of the gift-giver from church history and folklore merged with the British character Father Christmas to create the character known to Britons and Americans as Santa Claus. Father Christmas dates back at least as far as the 17th century in Britain, and pictures of him survive from that era, portraying him as a well-nourished bearded man dressed in a long, green, fur-lined robe. He typified the spirit of good cheer at Christmas, and was reflected in the "Ghost of Christmas Present" in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol.”
The Ghost of Christmas Present, a colorized version of the original illustration by John Leech made for Charles Dickens's novel A Christmas Carol (1843).
而在美國文化裡，聖誕老人從以前是什麼顏色的衣服都穿過，但是就因為一張 1885 年的聖誕卡裡的服裝是紅色的而大受歡迎：
“Santa Claus later appeared in various colored costumes as he gradually became amalgamated with the figure of Father Christmas, but red soon became popular after he appeared wearing such on an 1885 Christmas card.”
“Images of Santa Claus were further cemented through Haddon Sundblom's depiction of him for The Coca-Cola Company's Christmas advertising. The popularity of the image spawned urban legends that Santa Claus was in fact invented by Coca-Cola or that Santa wears red and white because those are the Coca-Cola colors. In fact, Coca-Cola was not even the first soft drink company to utilize the modern image Santa Claus in its advertising – White Rock Beverages used Santa in advertisements for its ginger ale in 1923 after first using him to sell mineral water in 1915.”參考資料： 這裡有更多的英文資訊：http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_claus