Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the legendary figure who brings gifts to the homes of the good children on Christmas Eve, December 24.

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If your childhood home had no chimney/fireplace, how did you think Santa got in?

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Santa is a man who breaks into your house in the middle of the night (using captured and enslaved animals who pull him to EVERY HOUSE IN THE WORLD). He is covered in red, eats your food, and has a big bag for the children. He also "watches you when you're sleeping".
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What are the names of Santa's reindeer?

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The most well-known names for the reindeer pulling Santa Claus' sleigh come from two sources. The names are: Dasher Dancer Prancer Vixen Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen Rudolf All but the last name come from the poem: 'Twas the Night before Christmas, commonly credited to Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863). It was actually written in 1807 by Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828) with the title Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas. The names "Donner" and "Blitzen" were changed by Moore from "Dunder" and "Blixem." (See the related link for information on this poem's origin.) The last name, Rudolph, comes from a story and coloring book Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer that Robert L. May created in 1939 for his employer, the Montgomery Ward department store. The copyright for the story was later turned over to May, and his brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, wrote the well-known song that further popularized the character. Two of the reindeer names, Donner/Donder and Blitzen, are often the source of confusion, misspelling, and misinformation. The short facts are these: Donner/Donder and Blitzen were named ''Dunder'' and ''Blixem'' (the Dutch words for ''thunder'' and ''lightning'') in the original printing of "A Visit From St. Nicholas." In reprints of the poem, the names became ''Donder'' and ''Blixen,'' then ''Donder'' and ''Blitzen'' (the latter being German for ''lightning''). By the time Johnny Marks wrote "Rudolph," it was ''Donner'' and ''Blitzen'' (possibly because ''Donder'' was musically awkward). See Snopes.com for a thorough discussion. Other (modern) names for the reindeer: In modern times, other reindeer have been named in books, movies, and television shows but none have become well-known and generally accepted members of the team. These other names include: (Please add names to this list if you know of other examples, and please add the origin of the name if you know it.) Fireball Leroy Pablo Olive Clarice Here is more from Wikifriendus contributors: Donner is German for "thunder," so Donner and Blitzen is effectively the same as Dunder and Blixem (Actually, Blitzen is German for "thunder," not Donner). Donner does mean thunder in German whereas Blitzen means flash and the two together are used to describe thunder and lightning e.g. Es ist Blitz und Donner! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner (or Donder, or Dunder), and Blitzen (or Blixen, or Blixem) are the eight named by Clement C. Moore in "A Visit from St. Nicholas," and are the eight most commonly named. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was "added to the team" after Johnny Marks wrote the popular song about him. Various books, TV shows, and movies over the years have named other reindeer (such as Olive, Fireball, and Clarice). None of them have become part of the popular legend since Rudolph, though. Santa's reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen! Oh... and don't forget Rudolph! Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen... and do you recall the most famous reindeer of all??? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and good thing for Rudolph all of the reindeers like him. The ones that drive Santa's sleigh are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. I bet Rudolph is younger than the others, though. There are other reindeer shown in books, TV shows and movies, but they don't drive the sleigh (unless one gets sick!). Most of you know about the most common reindeer Rudolph, but Santa has a reindeer called Olive. It wasn't an error as the people thought, but it is in fact one of his reindeer's names. The other ones are: Dasher, Donner, Comet, Cupid.
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Is Santa Claus real?

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There are many opinions on this subject, and in general they can be broken down into three categories. The first group says that Santa is real, that he wears a red suit, and that he lives at the North Pole, making presents for kids and delivering them all over the world on Christmas eve in his sleigh. The second group says that he doesn't exist, and those things are impossible. The third group admits that he doesn't have a tactile presence, but that he is very real in the hearts and minds of parents and children and in the spirit of Christmas. Basically, that we as a society make him real. Whatever your opinion, there is no doubt that Santa brings a lot of joy to the world. Here are other opinions on Santa's existence: Santa Claus is as real as one wishes him to be. If you believe in Santa then he is real. If you don't believe in him, then he isn't real. He is real as long as you believe. No, sorry. He is just a character made up by adults to make their children more imaginative. Yes, Santa Claus is real because he was already declared a saint. Therefore, if he is a saint, he can perform miracles such as giving gifts to good children. I really think that Santa Claus is totally real. But I am only 6 years old so you might not believe me. Totally not, it is just a silly rumor to get children to do what they are told. Yes, he is real! Can anyone else give presents to good little girls and boys and make it home in time for dinner? He is not real. Parents are the ones who put presents in the stockings. Is Santa Claus real? Yes! Santa Claus is real! And I'm going to find him. I'm part of a growing team of "Santa Seekers" who intend to prove to the world that Santa Claus is real. We'll use science and faith respectively. Santa Claus is totally, totally real. There are about 2 billion children in the world (people under the age of 18). But Santa doesn't appear to handle Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Buddhist children. That reduces the workload on Santa to about 15%, now with a total of 378 million children is easier. He has 31 hours of Christmas time to do so. That is 91.8 million homes. He goes East to West because of time differences. So therefore he is real. If you are more religious than most, then you would think yes, because he was actually declared as a Saint (Saint Nick) because of the miracle of delivering presents to good little boys and girls throughout the world that believe in him. But if you're a skeptic then most likely no, because as you grow older you come to realize that it is none other than your parents placing those presents under the tree (it was my mother's handwriting that did it in for me) but deep down it is a sense that it was like a childhood memory that even adults still cherish and present to their children's minds and hearts to help build their imagination and let them believe in something because as they grow older they tend to lose their sense of childlike innocence and it's a way of holding on. Yes, Santa WAS a real man. He lived in Turkey. The existence of Santa Claus is only as subjective as anybody else's. If you are ten or under, yes he is. Don't worry about what others say. Go back to what you are doing. If you're older than 10 then Santa is the giving spirit of Christmas. It's about giving to others and being selfless. The spirit of Santa is in us all and as long as we remember what Christmas is really about, then yes he is real. Santa Claus, in the United States, is real to almost every child. The story of this magical man that each year drops from the chimney with gifts, is born from a very real man named Nicholas,later called Saint Nicholas, who lived in the third century AD. He spent his life devoted to giving everything he had to those less fortunate. Santa Claus is real to some people but not to others. He is real to all those who believe. Keep believing! Santa Claus is 100% real... and no one is going to tell me otherwise! I love him! He is in the heart of every child in the world. He represents love and kindness and everyone should have respect for him. Saying that he isn't real is not only untrue it is heartbreaking for some children to hear that because when they hear it they think it's true and it IS NOT TRUE! All of you kids out there just like me this is my message for you: SANTA IS REAL AND DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU THAT HE ISN'T BECAUSE BOTH ME AND YOU IN OUR HEARTS KNOW THAT'S HE IS REAL! Santa is real and everyone knows it! he is so real because he has brought me presents every year and he will do the same every year. I love him too! While the current idea of Santa Claus is highly stylized and fictional, Santa is based on a real person: Saint Nicholas of Myra who was Bishop of Lycia in the 4th Century. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children. Santa is real if you believe in him. But if you don't believe in him, then he is not real. I believe in Santa. I always say if you believe you receive. No, sorry person. He was derived from a person named to be St. Nicholas, who was a bishop in Asia Minor. He gave toys to children, and wore red bishop's clothing. He also is believed to have dropped things down chimneys at night, to avoid being seen. But this was a long time ago and he died. He isn't real. its your mom and dad. sorry but everybody has to learn eventually Santa Claus is a fake character, just like the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. Adults just make up the stories to make their children's lives more imaginative. Well, Santa Clause is sort of real and sort of not because St Nicholas is Santa Claus and he lived a long time ago and gave to the poor and the wealthy making gifts out of wood. Santa is real if you want him to be. If you believe he is real then he is real. But if you do not believe in him then he's not real. It's your imagination. YES, OF COURSE HE IS REAL HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GET PRESENTS, WHO ELSE WOULD DO IT! SANTA IS AWESOME! No he is not real I'm sure he a legend to get kids like me more imaginative (I'm 10) although he was based on a real saint Saint Nick the patron saint of children. No there is no Santa as we know him. Straight to the point. But there are nice people out there who are like mini Santas, So yes your mom or dad were buying the presents, there's no point writing letters. I actually cried when my mom first told me. As far as reality, there was indeed a man now known as Santa Claus. The details of his charity have been somewhat skewed, but his legacy lives on in the form of Christmas tradition: donating toys to orphanages and poor children who would otherwise go without. Santa is so real. No matter what any one else says, he is real. He is, Santa is 100 percent real... I am not just saying this to make you believe he is...Don't forget to make cookies and give him milk. I also live in the North Pole, I'm a elf. Santa is real. Yes Santa is real! Who do you think gets you your presents? If any of your friends or kids from school, or even adults, say he isn't real.. They don't want people to believe because they don't believe anymore.. It's like God, some people do believe and others don't. Umm sorry kiddies but Santa is as real as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He does not exist. SANTA IS REAL DO NOT BELIEVE PEOPLE SAYING THAT HE ISN'T CAUSE HE DEFINITELY IS REAL! Well, it is all about what you believe, the magic of Christmas is special. I think Santa is a special thing, it brings all the magic to Christmas. Keep believing! Maybe you should sit down and have a talk about that with your parents. as far as I'm concerned no there is no Santa. Santa is the legendary patron saint of children; an imaginary being who is thought to bring presents to children at Christmas. Santa is also a representation of the wise men who brought unto the the new born Christ gifts. It is not known when the giving of gifts became a commercial venture. We do know that Santa is now more important than the Christ child. This writer suspects that in some distant future even Santa will disappear and December 25 will just become a commercial venture I am sorry, but Santa Claus is not real! I believe that Santa Claus really DOES exist because... well let me just tell you a story. My mom was pulling in the road of our house and I was about seven so I still thought Santa was completely real. It was summer so I was out of school. I saw a red convertible pulling out of my road. he was wearing a red T shirt but white gloves, which was weird. he had glasses and he was fairly big. His long white beard covered his whole chin. I was staring at him, not believing it. then, he waved at me. I'm sorry to tell you, but Santa Claus is not real. I'm really sorry for the disappointment! Santa is not real. He is used to spread Christmas joy, a fun way to celebrate the holiday. He is not real. So the fat guy in red is a myth. Just a fun tale to believe! I know that he is real because my mum saw him and there is videos on youtube showing proof! I have letters from him and there's no other person that I know that has his handwriting! I may be only ten but please believe me because I know he's real don't listen to what anyone says the person who called you a jerk, nerd, and stupid is obviously all of those things and can't be trusted and will die alone and live a sad life. Don't listen to them. Santa is your parents but they lie and keep it a secret! Yes Santa is real how else do you think your presents get under the tree.. they don't just appear there in the middle of the night. Actually Santa comes in the middle of the night on his beautiful reindeer and even though he's fat he shrinks himself down into size so he can fit in the chimney. If you don't have a chimney he pick locks your front door and if you don't have a front door he climbs through your window and if you don't have that you don't get presents. Santa is real and I have proof. If Santa wasn't real, why is he known all around the world and who got the idea that Christmas was not about the gifts? The truth is, no matter how many of you out there don't think it's true, Santa is real. Also, if you check out video proof of Santa on youtube (it's a real camera set up with night vision), you will see nobody else in the room, a strange fading of a figure (Santa is the figure and I approved there were no actors), and cookies being eaten. I know Santa is real because one year (I swear this happened), I told my step-dad he'd get a lump of coal for Christmas (I was only joking). Then, on Christmas day, I found....a lump of coal on the table. Pure coal because when i picked it up my hands turned black. Of course if you STILL don't believe in Santa, that's alright with me. Just get a lump of coal this year, and then maybe you'll change your mind. Hi everyone. I know a lot of people say Santa Claus is not real. Please don't ever believe them. Santa is real. Santa is the most real thing I know. Why would anybody ever want to stop believing? Never stop. If you take Santa Claus out of your life you are taking the magic right with you. Yes, Santa Claus is real. The truth is sadly, Santa Claus is not real. But he is still an imaginative, jolly, fun symbol of Christmas! My parents told me the shocking truth the other day. Well of course he is REAL. Believe what you wish but he isn't actually real. No Santa Claus is not real. Sorry if you believe this. But it's your parents who put your gifts under the tree. What I think is that parents want to teach their children a lesson by putting gifts under the tree. So what they're saying is that it is better to give than receive. But... ST. Nick was real by giving Good children gifts. But there is no such thing as flying reindeer. if there were we would have superheroes by now. And your Dad maybe is eating the cookies you made for him. But who knows there may be a Santa Claus because a lot of people say ONLY the kids who believe in him get gifts. I wouldn't know because I never believed in Santa. my mom and family have always gotten me the gifts I wanted. So there is a 50-50 chance that Santa Claus is real. But my own opinion is that Santa Claus is not real. but I may be wrong. The following is part of a famous answer given by a newspaper columnist in reply to a little girl called Virginia.Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no child-like faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! Santa Claus is also known as "Saint Nicholas" He is known as a man with a long, white beard, a red coat with a black belt, and a red hat with a white, puffy ball at the end of it. Santa's story includes flying in a big, red sleigh on Christmas Eve, serving many presents to children all over the world. His reindeer, are magic and fly, and the lead reindeer is of course RUDOLPH!! Rudolph has a bright, red nose that leads the pack (reindeer) to where they need to go. Now the question is, " Is this possible?," "Is Santa real"? Well, lets see. Is it possible to have magic reindeer that fly in the sky? Can a man that big fit down a chimney? Can just one single man go around the whole world delivering presents in just one single night? Can a reindeer's nose glow? Are there such things as reindeer or are they just regular deer? Does Santa have elves that make his toys? Think about all these questions and then YOU decide if this is imaginable, possible, or REAL. If you believe in Santa then he is real but if you do not believe in Santa then he is not real to you, Its really up to you if Santa is alive or not, only if you believe in him he is alive to you, a lot of children like me believe in Santa but some people might tell you that Santa Claus is not real, i do not listen to people when they say that, you go with what you believe in not what other people believe in. The answer, too has to do with what do you mean by is Santa real? Are you asking is there one man who lives at the very place that the North Pole is located? Are you asking if Santa is a wee elf? Can he see everyone like God can? Some of those ideas just come from children's stories and songs and are just made up. Santa is not like God. Is Santa a real person? I know that the Santa that comes to my house is a real person, but we also have Mommy Claus, Daddy Claus, Grandma Claus and several youngsters in our Claus family. We have never lived at the North Pole, but we know about snow and being a Santa's helper. Yes because when I was 2 I slept with my mum and dad and I didn't go to sleep they didn't go anywhere so Santa delivered them. Well I'm sorry to say my parents told me he's not. I want to believe in him; I've always believed in him. That was only a month ago that I believed. Why did I have to ask that question a month before to ruin my Christmas? Anyways, they told me he WAS real but he died or something like he just couldn't go around the whole world. I also have seen on YOUTUBE that people show they caught him on tape. I'm not sure if It's fake or not. But sorry, I think that he's not real. Sorry. I believe Santa is as real as you want him to be; if you don't believe then that's ok. I think that until the age of 10 you should believe. Never stop believing! He is not real I'm afraid but anyone can just get a Santa costume so no one really plays him just random people who want to do it. Yes, he is real. If you are good, you can usually count on receiving a gift from Santa at Christmas. I would say that I believe that there really was a very nice man named Nick and he just walked up to random people to give them a nice Christmas gift. I think that when he passed away his spirit probably carries along his joy and love to all the little boys and girls of the world. He brings you one present every year and then all of the others that say, "From Santa," are really just from your parents. You will never know which is which but you will always know that Santa comes to your house and gives you your one special present every year. I believe that Santa is real. Family is going through really bad money problems and every year there is a tree filled with presents. I know my parents couldn't afford half of that stuff and it must of been Santa! This question will get answered any number of ways, some people believe with all their heart that Santa is real and other people believe there is no Santa. Just like some people believe that Jesus is real and others do not. As you grow up, you will be able to make this decision for yourself. I'm grown up and I have not stopped believing in Santa. I know he has other helpers that dress like him, I know my mom and dad would sometimes get me presents to help Santa and the elves, but I believe that the Spirit of Santa helps make all of that happen. Santa is most certainly real. Santa is ALL the love that is the real gift behind all the love and gifts you receive during the holiday season! Children can choose if they want to belive in santa or not be he always lies in your mind it blocks it down into two catagories 1: if children chose to belive in him he is real in there hearts and world 2 : if children choose not to sata is not a real person real real real answer : shhh .. santa isn't real but St nicholas is and that's who santa is ... St nicholas !! I think he is fake because of the fact that when i was 8, I left a note by my chimney saying 1 thing that I wanted. That was a small little beyblade. But then 2 years later, my friend had to give me the beyblade because he knew santa was fake. Though I still say Santa is real because I don't want to break any hearts. Though I broke my crush's heart and now I hate her because of the likes she has. St. Nicholas is SANTA~! hes not now go get a life The stupidity of this question if it could be put into size and weight would be astronomical. i don't know how many more kindergardeners are going to ask this, But no. He's most certainly not real! can you live on the North Pole where it's FRICKIN cold and The ice is melting? NO! It's too cold to sustain human life, or almost no life for that matter. This is stupid! Saint Nicholas existed, but Santa is a load of (sorry kids but it's the truth A LOAD OF CRAP. no sadly santa is not real parents get the gifts for their children not santa clause santa is real because i sent a letter to him with my class and igot the letter back! Yes. Mostly to ages 1-8. But when you get even a little bit older you start to not believe in Santa. Yes, santa is real. There is a real santa claus in Virginia.
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How did Santa Claus originate?

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Santa Claus is thought to have originated from the real St. Nicholas, with the "flying Santa" having it's origins in a mix of Norse mythology and the Christmas story. What is known for sure is that the modern, red-suited Santa Claus developed out of a 1931 advertising campaign put on by the Coca Cola company, in which the jolly old gentleman was dressed in red and white, the colors of Coca Cola. This image has continued to the present day. Saint Nicholas The story of Santa Claus is believed to have originated from the real St Nicholas, who was born in Lycia, Greece (now part of southern Turkey) during the third century. St Nicholas/Nicolas was brought up in a devout Christian family. His parents taught him to be generous and to serve others. He had a reputation for secretly giving to the poor, and he was also known for his love for children, and his concern for sailors who often worked under some difficult conditions. Nicholas was persecuted for his faith under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and died on 6 December 343. After his death, a legend began which said that manna, the nutritious substance God miraculously provided to keep the Israelites alive during their 40 years in the desert, formed on his grave. It was said that this manna could heal ailments and illness. During the years that followed, many people followed the teachings of St Nicholas, and stories of his incredible generosity and love for children gradually developed into the Santa Claus legend of today. 6 December is celebrated as the festival of St Nicholas. The name Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch form of "Saint Nicholas". The Dutch in particular are credited with reviving St. Nicholas as the 'gift bringer'. The Dutch form of St Nicholas is Sinterklaas. When the Dutch settled New York, the tradition came with them. By 1773, the name had appeared in the American newspapers as "St A. Claus". Once the New York Historical Society was founded in 1804 with Nicholas as its patron saint, the legend was embellished with additions such as flying reindeer and a sleigh laden with gifts. Later, more details were added, particularly with the work of illustrator Thomas Nast whose work on the Christmas editions of Harper's Magazine, between the 1860s and 1880s, really help developed the current image of Santa Claus. Drawn by Nast as round and jolly, Santa Claus was also depicted in his workshop at the North Pole, with a list of all the good and bad children. At this stage, Santa was dressed in a dark green coat. Norse Mythology and Santa in a Flying Sleigh The 'Father Christmas' figure in a flying sleigh is the result of a mixture of Norse mythology and the Christmas story. However, Santa Claus, as any child knows, really exists - or at least existed a long time ago and his spirit still lives on. 'Santa' actually means 'Saint' (where we get 'sanctify and Santa Maria from) and Claus (pronounced Klowss) is the shortened form of the name Nicholas. So Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas. Nicholas was born in Turkey, was a devout Christian and became Bishop of Myra (hence his red robes as 'Father Christmas'). He inherited a large fortune from his parents which he gave, in secret, to the poor. Legend has it that he once left three bags of gold in secret for a father who had three daughters but who would be forced to sell them into slavery as he was too poor to marry them off. He did this by dropping the bags down the chimney where they ended up in the fireplace in shoes (or socks?) drying there. This is where we get our custom of 'hanging up the stockings' from on Christmas Eve. As a result of his good life Nicholas was made a saint and became the patron saint of poor people and of pawnbrokers - hence the pawnbroker sign of three golden balls (representing the three bags of gold). Many miracles were attributed to Nicholas including stilling a storm at sea, and bringing back to life three boys murdered by a cruel innkeeper. As a result Nicholas was made patron saint of sailors and children. So at Christmas, when we give and receive presents as a reminder of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Wise Men, let's not forget that St Nicholas's spirit of freely giving - in secret - lives on in the traditional Santa Claus. The story behind Santa Claus is to do with St. Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. He was had a Christian upbringing and had wealthy parents. His mother and father died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young. Obeying Jesus' words to "sell what you own and give the money to the poor," Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. There was one story that tell of a poor man with three daughters. In those days a young woman's father had to offer prospective husbands something of value (money etc.) The larger the dowry, the better the chance that a young woman would find a good husband. Without a dowry, a woman was unlikely to marry. This poor man's daughters, without dowries, were therefore destined to be sold into slavery. Mysteriously, on three different occasions, a bag of gold appeared in their home-providing the needed dowries. The bags of gold, tossed through an open window, are said to have landed in stockings or shoes left before the fire to dry. This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas. Sometimes the story is told with gold balls instead of bags of gold. That is why three gold balls, sometimes represented as oranges, are one of the symbols for St. Nicholas. And so St. Nicholas is a gift-giver. Hope that helps... we had an assembly on it yesterday at school. I'm sure if you Google story behind Santa you will find out more :) x
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How many reindeer does Santa Claus have?

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According to popular culture, Santa Claus has 9 reindeer: Dasher Dancer Prancer Vixen Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen Rudolph 8
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Who made up the story of Santa Claus?

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Which story: The original Saint Nicholas story was not made up, it is true, he was a bishop in the Greek church in what is now Turkey. He lived from 270AD to 343AD. He did much to help the poor and often arranged for toys, etc. to be given to children on church festivals like Christmas in the churches he was responsible for. But that is about as far as it goes. As these stories spread to other countries over the centuries other features got made up and added. The biggest additions and fabrications were added in the 19th and early 20th centuries by writers of children's stories and poems, as well as by advertising men. Well, Mr.Henry Patrick Created him... No one cares anymore though
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Name places where you might see Santa?

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Mall, north pole, home, sky or put a camera under your tree and wait.
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Why do people put up Christmas trees?

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Christmas trees originated in the Germanic states around the 15th century. Evergreen trees, especially the Fir tree, being beautiful and green in the winter were commonly used for decorations. The triangular shape was suggestive of the Christian Trinity and the evergreen trees were used to symbolize the "Tree of Life." The Christmas Tree originated in Rome. The Romans decorated their houses with evergreen leaves to celebrate their holiday Saturnalia. Since the Christians used Saturnalia to make Christmas they used the Romans idea about the trees. Christmas trees are an ancient German tradition. They are evergreen trees and stay green through the winter unlike many other plants. This means they can be used at Christmas and probably symbolises staying cheerful through months when food was scarce. This makes sense as no-one really knows when Jesus was born and Christmas is more likely based on the winter solstice a roman festival to celebrate getting through the winter. King George the Third brought Christmas trees to England because his wife was German. They were then only in the royal family until Queen Victoria's reign when they became common throughout the country. Queen Victoria also had the idea of putting presents under the tree.
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Who is Santa's biggest Reindeer called?

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There are 8 reindeers that carry Santa's sleigh, 9 if you include Rudolf. All of them are the same size but if you listen to all the jingles and folk tales you'll hear that Rudolf was the extra reindeer, and the most special of them all. He was Santa's favourite and he led the reindeers to all destinations, so, in theory you could say Rudolf would be the answer to your question.
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What are the names of Santa's elves?

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Santa Claus has many elves. They speak all different languages just like Santa Claus. If there is an average of one present per child, there needs to be a lot of elves to make all of those toys. Most children even get two to three presents from Santa Claus. Name a name, and at least one elf probably has that name. Jingle and Jangle are the names of the two elves who help Mrs. Claus in the movie, "The Year Without A Santa Claus". Elisa, Aaron, Roger, Ju-Jube, Francios, Gralofski, and Cotelle are a few one of the known names of elves. You can find more by searching the Internet. They have many different names.
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Did Coca-Cola create the modern image of Santa Claus?

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No, Santa’s image in the American imagination goes back way further than Coca-Cola’s iconic Christmas ads. Santa Claus came over to the United States with Dutch immigrants in the late 1700s. Although his image was constantly evolving, there are definitely instances of Santa depicted as a rotund, red-coat-wearing man with a long white beard that far predate Coke’s use of that image. The cola company started using Santa in its ads in the 1920s, and its most iconic representation comes from Haddon Sundblom’s hand-painted illustrations, which he did every Christmas season from 1931 to 1964. This version of Santa was based heavily on Clement Clark Moore's 1822 poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (also known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"). Although Moore probably cribbed from other sources, his poem is thought to be mainly responsible for our modern idea of Santa as a jolly old elf. Much credit also goes to political cartoonist Thomas Nast—he depicted Santa Claus in a variety of ways in the late 19th century and served as a major inspiration for Sundblom’s paintings. So, no, it’s not accurate to say Coca-Cola “invented” our modern idea of Santa Claus, but it did help popularize that image.
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What is Santa's address?

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All that is necessary to write on the envelope of a letter to Santa is, on two lines: Santa Claus North Pole Other variations include: Santa Claus 1 Reindeer Lane North Pole 99705 or Santa Claus North Pole H0H 0H0 CANADA or Santa Claus P.O. Box 56009 North Pole, Alaska 99705-1099 Your post office will forward it for you. ___ In The United Kingdom, please send letters to Santa or Father Christmas to this address: Santa's Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ In Australia, please send your letters to Santa to this address: Santa NORTH POLE 9999
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Who wrote song santa Claus is coming to town?

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It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934..
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Who named Santa's reindeer?

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The names of Santa's reindeer are from the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas," written by Clement Clarke Moore in 1823. It is also a legend that Billy Mays named the reindeer. God named Santa's reindeer _______________________________________________________ Umm... ok... Well, God did create everything but I think it was Santa. i mean, God doesn't name your dog or your cat. you do. God can't force you to name your dog Maxwell (well he could but I don't think he would...). santa
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What does the German phrase Der Weihnachtsmann translate into?

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Santa Claus. It`s literal meaning is "the man of Christmas".
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What are the 9 reindeers names?

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Santa's 9 Reindeer are: Dasher Dancer Prancer Vixen Comet Cupid Donner Blitzen and the last but not least Rudolph!!!!
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What are the flute notes for Santa Claus is coming to town?

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G Ab Bb Bb C D Eb Eb G Ab Bb Bb Bb C Bb Ab Ab G Bb Eb G F Ab D Eb Eb F Eb D Eb C C Eb F Eb D Eb C Eb F G F G F F F D Eb F Eb Db C Bb G Bb Eb G F Ab D Eb
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Is Santa Claus really real or is he fake?

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Unfortunately, Santa Claus is fake, it is your parents that put the presents under the Christmas tree. The character "Santa Claus" or "Saint Nickolaus" was inspired by a real man. That man was Saint Nickolaus. Saint Nick used to give food, clothes, money, and gifts to people in need. Therefore, in that sense, Santa Claus was once upon a time real.
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Where does Santa Claus live?

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There is no proof of exactly where he is and some think he lives in a magical place in the hearts and minds of all children who believe. Others have other opinions that are not yet fully confirmed. Wikifriendus contributors have given the following information: Santa Claus lives in Finland near the Arctic Circle. His house is about 8 kilometers north of Rovaniemi in Lapland. His address is: Joulumaantie 1 96930 Arctic Circle Finland In North America it is said that Santa lives on the North Pole. However, I doubt that, because he most likely would have been spotted there by at least one of the many expeditions to the spot. Besides Finland, there are other suggested locations, such as: Norway (a place called Drobak), Sweden (Mora) and Denmark that all claim to have a place where Santa Claus lives. My first choice would be Finland, of course (they've done some good marketing for the idea), but the second would be Denmark (they claim the subject lives in Greenland, which is quite remote and cold and scarcely inhabited, so he might have a summer house there or something like this). I know he lives in the Arctic Circle, but people say he lives in the North Pole in Lapland, but Lapland is not in the North Pole, it's in the North of Norway, Sweden and Finland. He doesn't live in the North Pole, he lives in the Arctic Circle. Santa Claus is generally believed to live at the North Pole. We are afraid that we cannot tell you exactly where, as Santa made us promise to keep it top secret. We can verify that there is a US Post Office in Santa Claus, Indiana that does receive enormous amounts of letters addressed to Santa Claus. However, they will not release the information about to where they deliver the letters, even when investigators attempt to force them to provide that information under the Freedom of Information Act. Lawyers are working on this even as this is being written, but the issue is still under legal discussion and, therefore, there is a Santa information gag order that Wikifriendus is required to observe.
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What time does Norad Track Santa begin?

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Try from about 3:00 pm and keep checking it after because im not sure and that's what i do Christmas eve is go on about 2 and keep checking it all night
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What time does Santa take off?

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He already has! He took off at about 11am GMT+0. He'll be making his way to Russia right now according to NORAD Tracking Center at time of writing.
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Who helps Santa Claus in making his gifts?

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Santa's little helpers/elves
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What Nationality is Santa?

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look out for saint Nikolas who is believed to be the figure behind Santa Claus, so in that View Santa Claus is Lycian (a region in Anatolia) which today is part of Turkey. Back then he has been recorded as part of a Greek colony and the speculation is that his nationality was Greek. Santa is North Polian > u < Santa can change the way he looks to be any nationality at all, and he is older than most of the nations that are functioning today anyway, so he doesn't really have a loyalty to one country over another. He just tries to fit in wherever he goes, to help make people happy.
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What is the history of Santa's sleigh?

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Here is a quote from a source about the origin of Santa's sleigh: "Between 1804 and 1821 Santa Claus becomes an elf fully dressed in fur (from pelznichol?, see below) in an arctic landscape with reindeer and sleigh, all miniaturized." The source is bsu.edu When you get to the web page Click {Edit}{Find on this page} and type in the word sleigh This will get you started on more of the history. Check out... http://www.noradsanta.org/en/faq.html#f13 this is what it says... Does NORAD have any statistics on Santa's sleigh? NORAD can confirm that Santa's sleigh is a versatile, all weather, multi-purpose, vertical short-take-off and landing vehicle. It is capable of traveling vast distances without refueling and is deployed, as far as we know, only on Christmas Eve (and briefly for a test flight about a month before Christmas). Sleigh Technical Data Designer & Builder: K. Kringle & Elves, Inc. Probable First Flight: Dec. 24, 343 A.D. Home Base: North Pole Length: 75 cc (candy canes)/150 lp (lollipops) Width: 40 cc/80 lp Height: 55 cc/110 lp Weight at takeoff: 75,000 gd (gumdrops) Passenger weigth at takeoff: Santa Claus 260 pounds Weight of gifts at takeoff: 60,000 tons Weight at landing: 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation) Passenger weight at landing: 1,260 pounds Propulsion: Nine (9) rp (reindeer power) Armament: Antlers (purely defensive) Fuel: Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer) Emissions: Classified Climbing speed: One "T" (Twinkle of an eye) Max speed: Faster than starlight Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer.