Question 6: Why Does Santa Wear a Red Furry Hat?

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Why does Santa wear a red, furry hat?

Ian
All right Mister smarty-pants … why does Santa wear a red, funny hat?

Clive
Well, Santa’s real name is St. Nicholas, right?

Ian
Right

Clive
In Europe, most pictures of Saint Nicholas show him wearing the red robe and red hat that leaders in the church wore back then – and in some churches still wear today.

Ian
Okay … so that’s why it’s red. Why is it furry?

Clive
Saint Nicholas was very popular in Northern Europe, and in Northern Europe it’s cold in the winter! So pictures of Saint Nicholas in Northern Europe show him wearing a red robe and hat, all lined with white fur to keep him warm while he delivers his presents to kids! And that’s why Santa is always wearing a red suit with white fur.

Ian
Amazing! I’ve got another question …

Clive
Save it for tomorrow.

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