Christmas ornaments reflecting Europe and various European heritages can be important to a family. These ornaments can express the family’s history by connecting to the places where the family originated generations ago. In other cases, the connection can be more current, such as for a family that has recently immigrated. It is important to maintain a connection to one’s history.
Christmas is celebrated in many parts of the world. The true meaning of Christmas is universal, the birth of Jesus Christ. But not every place has the same image, or even the same name, for a Santa Claus. Nor does Santa always act in the same manner. Using a “Santa” from the region of one’s ancestors can be significant, and this can keep the family history fresh for new generations.
Of course. many people, such as Europeans, would still be using the same “Santa” figure generation after generation. In the United States there is often a pride in ancestral countries, and their cultures. There is room for our Santa Claus to have European counterparts, which can be explained to children as his helpers.