In the 50s, they actually dug up Bishop Nicholas’ actual skull and measured it and then in 2004, they did a reconstruction of his face. He looks white in the same way Jesus looks white — which is to say, NOT a blond-haired, blue-eyed, fair-skinned look. I understand that by the time Europeans and Americans embraced the myth of Santa, they wanted to change his looks from a man from Turkey into a guy who was more like them. Plus adding the North Pole, reindeer, chimneys, and Rudolph (a very new addition). But now Christmas is becoming globalized. Santa SHOULD be allowed to evolve to fit each culture, in the SAME way that St. Nick evolved into Santa. There shouldn’t be people standing there making the rules, saying that Santa just is “white.” The argument that he should be blue-eyed and fair-skinned because he’s from the North Pole is very weak, because nobody lives there (it’s just ocean and ice floes), and if you REALLY want to split hairs, a lot of the people who live in the reindeer-herding northern regions of the world look somewhat “biracial” European-Asian. Just Google “reindeer herders.” You get the very blond/blue-eyed people, and the Asian-looking people, and every variation in between. Any of those old men can be Santa. People saying Santa is “white” (meaning that he looks like Rush Limbaugh with a beard) and there’s no room for anybody else in this cultural myth — what is so scary about a black Santa? Or an Asian Santa? If it makes kids happy, that’s what matters.