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Boo ! Your story is so INCOMPLETE that compared to people who feel offended, because of disrespect to their culture, i now feel offended on behalf of the Dutch Culture !
this Saint Nicolas guy, is 'Sinterklaas' in the Netherlands.-this is the deep origin story of Santa Claus !
Dutch people aren't easily offended, but don't claim Santa Clause was an American invention.
it was culturally appropriated ! coke just changed it !
This is where I would appeal to people to do your own research.
Yes, Santa/Father Christmas was depicted in multiple ways through history, it was the birth of the modern Christmas feast and the Christmas greeting card in the Victorian era that saw him depicted on a regular basis. By the time Coca Cola releases their famous adverts he was almost always depicted as a large man wearing red. Please look at Christmas cards from the early 20th century.
Coke noticed the fortunate coincidence and used the accepted image of Santa (old man in red and white) as the image for their adverts. No one who saw the image would have been in any doubt as to who was being depicted. No one would have said “oh, I thought he wore green”.
The Coca Cola story is an urban myth.
As a Christan Orthodox Saint Vasileios (Greek) not Nicholas(Nick), his memory is celebrated at January 1st and his story is that one time a bad fighter that wanted land and money came into Kaisareia(in Greek), a poor to middle class land in 700AD andnted all the gold and jewelry of the citizens, so he prayed to God and Jesus for a solution and got the anwser: to give the bad guy the jewelry, an angel will come and kill the bad guy, give pies to neighborhoods with jewelry inside the pie (Vasilopita) and everyone will get their jewelry back. So that happened, the fighter came and demanded the gold, the king (Vasileios) gave him a sack of jewelry, and magically, an angel killed the fighter, and Vasileios told his workers in the palace to make pies with jewelry in them and magically everything was given back to the original owners. After this, Coca Cola used this as marketing. Thanks for reading..
Edit: In other countries he's Saint Nicholas aka Santa but the Saint Vasileios in Greece which is what we think Santa is inspired from Saint Vasileios because it's a synnonym too!