Sejak kapan Sinterklas dapat terbang?

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Sejak kapan Sinterklas dapat terbang?

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Sejak munculnya puisi “A visit from St. Nicholas” oleh Clement Clarke Moore pada musim Natal tahun 1823. Puisi ini adalah karya sastra yang memfiksikan tokoh sejarah nyata St. Nikolas dari Myra, Turki.

Flying Santa in a fictional poem "A visit from St. Nicholas"
Santa terbang sepeti yang diceritakan dalam “A visit from St. Nicholas”

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny rein-deer,
with a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and call’d them by name:
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer, and Vixen!
“On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Dunder and Blixem!

“To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
“Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, ….

Ingat, ini adalah karya sastra fiksi, suatu karya seni. Ini bukan sejarah, bukan pula agama.


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