By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 6, 2021) – In Issue 2021-230 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, it is St. Nicholas Day and we learn some Santa Claus facts too.


Did you remember to put your shoes out last night, in hopes of getting a present from St. Nicholas?

In The Netherlands, where children leave their shoes in front of the chimney, often with a carrot or some hay for Sinterklaas’ horse, today is actually a more important gift giving day than Christmas.

In much of Europe, the gift-giving season begins with the Feast of St. Nicholas and continues through January 6th, the 12th night of Christmas.

Many believe that St. Nicholas has his summer home in Lapland, a northern region of Finland teeming with reindeer.  Rovaniemi, Finland is the official location of Santa Claus Village, right on the Arctic Circle.

You can meet Santa’s reindeer, take husky sled safaris, and maybe even earn a reindeer driving license.

Since December 6th is also Finnish Independence Day, it logically follows that today is a double celebration day there.

This is Elwe’s 1792 map of northern Scandinavia, with much of Finland on the right.

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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