The legend of Santa Claus is derived from a story about Mr Nicholas who was born around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Turkey. It was believed that he gave away all of his inherited wealth and then travelled the countryside to help the poor and sick. Over the course of many years, Nicholas' popularity surged. He became known as protector of children and sailors. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas and until today, his name is celebrated on the 5th day of December.