Long before the advent of the Christmas holiday, ancient peoples used evergreen trees in their worship. Some hung boughs of fir or spruce trees above their doorways and windows in order to keep away witches and evil spirits.Santa Claus's roots are generally traced to the fourth century bishop Saint Nicholas, as well as to the European deity, Wodan, also called Odin. Nicholas had been known for generosity and was remembered in early December; Yule celebrations to Odin and other spirits also took place in that month. Eventually, these were assimilated into Christmas celebrations held on December 25.The modern appearance of Santa Claus was described in the poem "The Night Before Christmas" in 1823, and popularized in political cartoons. During the twentieth century, marketers capitalized on this image, using it to sell products ranging from foods and beverages to decorations, toys, and clothing.Would you like to draw Santa Claus and friens? All you will need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and this easy, step-by-step drawing tutorial. You may also want to use an eraser and markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paints.