Lead:  It took 1,500 years and the customs and traditions from many lands to turn the mythical and vaguely historical figure of Saint Nicholas, into the beloved and legendary character we know today as Santa Claus.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Although the myth of Santa Claus has roots in a real person – a certain Nicholas, an early Catholic bishop from the ancient city of Myra in southwest Asia Minor – our modern-day Santa Claus is actually a blend of religious and secular customs and traditions from various parts of the western world.