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The story of Santa coming down the chimney was originally propagated by orphanages and work houses in the mid-18th century to help make children more comfortable and excited climbing into and cleaning chimneys.
At the time many family less children were employed as chimney sweeps, with the wages given to the orphanages. Whether this was an economic necessity or child exploitation is hotly debated to this day, with the likely reality being somewhere in the middle.
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