Santa Claus

Santa Claus has become a ubiquitous figure in various cultures, a jolly old man who distributes gifts to children on Christmas Eve. He is also known as Father Christmas in many countries and most little children believe that he is real. According to a common belief, Santa Claus is known to be based on the prominent historical figure of Saint Nicholas, a bishop in the place, which is Turkey today. He was a passionate man and was frequently seen distributing gifts among children. By Renaissance he became the most celebrated saint in Europe and his feast was celebrated on the 6th of December and was called 'Sinterklaas'. The English settlers in New Amsterdam mispronounced Sinterklaas and thus emerged Santa Claus! Origins of Santa Claus


Origins of Santa Claus

  • In 1822, an Episcopal minister, Clement Clarke Moore, wrote a poem for his three daughters titled 'An account of a visit from St. Nicholas.' The poem is primarily responsible for most of our modern perspective of Santa Claus as a jolly, rotund figure who could climb into chimneys with ease and lived in the North Pole for the rest of the year.


  • The poem helped popularize the story of how Santa flew from house to house on his sleigh pulled by eight reindeers and left gifts for deserving children, on Christmas Eve. The cartoonist Thomas Nast was responsible for giving Santa his red and white suit and long beard and also the house in the North Pole and Mrs. Claus!

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Santa Claus Rituals

  • Over the years many Santa Claus rituals have emerged, the most popular amongst them being the practice of children writing letters to Santa Claus. These letters are usually addressed to 'Santa Claus, North Pole' and contain a list of gifts that they would like Santa to leave for them on Christmas Eve and many a times the letter also contains a justification of how they have been good all year round so Santa should not miss their house that year.


  • Children hang up stocking on their fire place on Christmas Eve so that Santa can leave their gifts in the stocking or under the Christmas Tree .


  • They also clean out the chimneys so that he can easily fall through it. Another popular Santa Claus ritual is the practice of making grown men dress up in Santa suits to entertain children.


  • This is particularly seen in malls where these 'Santas' hand out small gifts to children as their parents do the Christmas Shopping. Many a time fathers dress up as Santa Claus and give Christmas gifts to their kids so that they may know that Santa dint forget them.

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Santa Claus Songs

"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

You better watch out
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

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Here Comes Santa Claus

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
Pullin' on the reins
Bells are ringin', children singin'
All is merry and bright
Hang your stockings and say your prayers
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus lane
He's got a bag that's filled with toys
For boys and girls again
Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle,
Oh what a beautiful sight
So jump in bed and cover your head
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus lane
He doesn't care if you're rich or poor
He loves you just the same
Santa Claus knows we're all Gods children
That makes everything right
So fill your hearts with Christmas cheer
'Cause Santa Claus comes tonight!

Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus,
Right down Santa Claus lane
He'll come around when the chimes ring out
That it's Christmas morn again
Peace on earth will come to allIf we just follow the light
So lets give thanks to the lord above
That Santa Claus comes tonight!

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I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus

I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peek
She thought that I was tucked up
In my bedroom fast asleep

Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

Then I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night

Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night
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HO! HO! HO!

Ho, ho, ho is used to portray how Santa laughs, ' Ho, ho, ho Merry Christmas!' The laughter of Santa Claus has been an important attribute by which the character is defined. The poem 'An account of a visit from St. Nicholas' states-: . . a little round belly
That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly


Some popular Santa Claus songs are 'Santa Claus is coming to Town'and 'I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus'. There also a Santa Claus movie.



 
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