With Santa Claus being the figurehead for the whole festive period in the modern, developed and utterly commercial countries, we decided to take a look at some of the poorer countries in South America to see if their beliefs in Father Christmas have any relation to the GDP of the country or even academic success.
Columbia, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela all have different icons for Christmas with locals in different areas telling their children about Santa Claus, the three wise man, El Niño (the little baby Jesus) or even a big serpent god who delivers gifts.
if we take a look at the main icons for each country we see:
Colombia: There is a confusion of beliefs in Colombia with some accepting the commercialised Santa Claus and others sticking to the story of El Nino. Due to their being no back story with the infant gift bearer though, there seems to be confusion about magic helicopters and God doing magic tricks and so forth. None of this confusion with the Santa Claus stories though, he has a magic sleigh and reindeers pull it through the sky for him.
Peru: The three wise men; although this was banned by a Peruvian general in the 1800s, the majority of Peruvians promote the idea to children that the three wise men deliver gifts 🎁 to their children on the eve of Christmas.
Mexico: Good old Santa Claus is celebrated in Mexico with that being chosen over the more traditional St. Nicholas or Father Christmas as he is known in the UK. It is thought that Mexico has accepted the commercialised deity due to the fact of its encouraging education system and the fact its more believable for a fat man to deliver presents than a prone infant.
Costa Rica: In Costa Rice, most believe family members provide the gifts (which is utter nonsense of course).
Venezuela: El Nino (or simply ‘the boy’). Most Venezuelans encforce the idea upon their children that the baby Jesus delivers presents to them; in fact with most adults having less than minimal education; some go into their twenties still believing in the present giving powers of a fictional new born baby and are bitterly disappointed on Christmas morn.
If we take a look at the education factor for this, we can see that one shocking statistic in Venezuela is the lack of decent education.
As can be seen from this chart, most Venezuealans are poorly educated therefore this upheld the belief that a newborn infant child can deliver presents to just shy of 32 million people in one evening (despite the fact he can’t walk yet and his eyesight only sees shapes and colours).
The following graph shows us the percentage of common sense spread about across some of the countries in South America, it gives as a clear graphical representation of exactly where the common sense in these countries is held.