These 36 free printable vintage Santa gift tags are perfect for those feeling nostalgic for the magic of Christmas Past.
Just when you thought 2020 couldn’t hold any more surprises, I’m here to toss another one your way.
Look, you better sit down, because I’m going to turn one of your childhood certainties on its ear, okay?
Alright then. Let’s carry on.
You, your kids and your grandkids are all wrong. And who can blame you?
You were lied to.
It’s all a bunch of hooey! (But you probably suspected it.)
Just face the facts, madam.
Santa Claus is not from the North Pole.
But like I said, you probably started to suspect that when your age crept into the double digits, and you realized the North Pole is a geographical wasteland of ice and water.
That was about the time you learned that his real name was Saint Nicholas, and you’re pretty sure he was German or something, because of the whole Claus/Klauss thing. Isn’t that what Betty Sue told you on the swing set in the 5th grade?
Well, look – Betty Sue was wrong, and you’ve been living a lie for far too long, so let me set the record straight.
Here it is:
Santa Claus (or Saint Nicholas) hails from Turkey (yes, Turkey!), a mere stone’s throw (well, about 80 miles by modern road, to be exact) from where Handan was born. Of course, it wasn’t know as “Turkey” back then – in fact it was Ancient Greece – but that’s just semantics.
Yep, far from the snowy wonderland we’ve all been force-fed over the years, good ol’ Saint Nick spent his youth scampering on the warm and sunny shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
Now, to add fuel to this fiery Christmas Controversy, the Turks have recently called into question the final resting place of ol’ Saint Nick’s bones.
In the year 1087, Santa’s bones were laid up in Myra (then, a part of Greece, now, Demre, Turkey). Ol’ Nick had been reduced to bones for almost 700 years, and he may have remained in that place for another 700, were it not for a surprise invasion by a marauding band of Seljuk Turks.
Worried that Saint Nick’s mortal remains may come to harm, a group of Italian merchants absconded with the old bones and hightailed it to Bari, Italy before the invading Turks were any the wiser.
And for the past thousand years, we’ve all thought that our beloved Santa Claus has been resting peacefully in Italy.
Or has he?
Recently, a team of Turkish archaeologists has discovered an intact tomb underneath the Church of Saint Nicholas in Demre, Turkey – the same region in which he was born!
Okay, whatever – it’s just a tomb, right? Who knows what’s inside!
True, madam – but there’s more!
The Turkish archaeologists also claim to have found original manuscripts that speak of the bones hauled away to Italy as belonging to another priest!
OMG! If only Geraldo and Jerry Springer were there to document the reactions!
Of course, the Italians did not like this “discovery” one bit, no siree!
And now we have a cross-Mediterranean feud over the bones of Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick.
So, there can be only one set of bones.
Someone is right, and someone is wrong.
Where do you think Santa’s bones are buried? Italy or Turkey.
I’m married to a Turk, so I’m casting my lot with the Turks. Besides, they need a break. Their history has been borrowed, robbed and stolen by their neighbors for thousands of years.
It’s time Turkey had its moment in the sun.
Well, Turkish bones aside, we hope you enjoy our free printable vintage Santa Claus gift tags! May they adorn all the gifts you hoped to buy for all those you love this Christmas season.
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