Santa Claus has become one of the most recognizable folklore figures worldwide, and is one of the most iconic elements of this holiday season. His fur trimmed red outfit and bushy white beard is iconic, but good ol’ St. Nick has not always looked the same.

Santa as we know him today has been refined many times over the years, with the legend of good ol’ Saint Nick dating back all the way to the third century.

Read on to discover the true history of Santa Claus like you’ve never heard before!