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Why does santa come down the chimney

Why does Santa come down the Chimney?

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Ever been asked by one of your children “why does Santa Claus come down the chimney on Christmas Eve?” It’s a popular question among kids, but not many of us adults actually know the real reason…we thought this month instead of our usual health and safety tips we’d share the answer with you!

The concept of Santa Claus coming down the chimney dates back centuries and is popular in many countries. Back in pagan times, the Norse God Odin would enter homes during Winter Solstice by going through chimneys, and in Italy, a witch named ‘Befana’ would deliver gifts on Epiphany Eve. She was always depicted covered head to toe in soot from her various journeys down the chimney.

Despite these older traditions, much of the current mythology can be attributed to St. Nicholas,  a 4th century Turkish bishop, famous for his kindness and generosity, particularly towards children.

In the 1600s, a Dutch artist named Jan Steen, painted a picture called “The Feast of St. Nicholas”. It depicts St. Nicholas Day (6th December), which is still a traditional day for the giving of presents in some countries. In the painting St. Nicholas has delivered his gifts as onlookers stare up the chimney, with the clear suggestion that that’s how he has arrived.

But even more recently, the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” has influenced American folklore, setting the idea of Santa coming down the chimney on Christmas eve. These ideas were almost certainly brought to America with the European immigrants moving across in the 18th century.

So not just one story, but a variety that feeds into the question ‘Why does Santa come down the Chimney?’ If you want to keep your chimney in ship shape ready for the man in red this year, do get in touch!

Merry Christmas!


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Essential Chimney Maintenance

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Summer is definitely here and you’re not using your chimney as much… Now is the perfect time to carry out any essential maintenance and repairs that will become a much bigger issue come the Winter.

This could be repointing the chimney stack, brick repairs or replacements, or our particular speciality, CCTV inspections. With all our clients, safety is our first priority, and issues with your chimney or flue can be very dangerous. A CCTV chimney inspection gives us the ability to accurately diagnose an issue as well as inspecting the general condition of the chimney or flue.

It is essential that a fire or chimney has not been used for 24hrs before a CCTV inspection, which is why it is best to do so in the warmth of the Summer!

You can be assured that we are fully insured and registered with the Institute of Chimney Sweeps and HETAS, so call us on 07415 449800 to book your CCTV Chimney Inspection this Summer.


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Birds in your Chimney

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It is obviously inconvenient to have birds nesting in your chimney, but it can also be very dangerous as a blockage can cause carbon dioxide to come in to your room.

Another issue is that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to remove a nest whilst the birds are nesting. Luckily nesting season is from March – August, so unless we have a very cold Spring and Summer you are unlikely to be lighting your fire.

Birds that nest in chimneys are quite large (often jackdaws) and therefore the nest is much larger than you might see in a bush or tree. It’s important that you have a professional remove the nest because

  1. It’s a very dirty job
  2. Professionals have the right equipment to seal the chimney and remove the nest with as little disruption as possible
  3. Standard sweeping rods will be unlikely to remove the whole nest
  4. How will you know if you got it all? Out CCTV equipment ensures complete removal
  5. You’ll need a bird guard fitting otherwise they’ll be back next year!

If you haven’t had a bird nest in your chimney, but you don’t have a bird guard, we can sort that out for you too.