The German armed forces have the concept β€œinner guidance”, which obliges every citizen-soldier to think for themselves. Soldiers may disobey orders against their conscience and it officially traditionalizes the actions of the July-plot conspirators, like Claus von Stauffenberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
Coca-Cola marketing is partly responsible for the modern depiction of Santa Claus. Illustrator Haddon Sundblom drew Santa for a 1931 Coke ad in The Saturday Evening Post. His drawing was inspired by the 1822 poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' (commonly called 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'). coca-colajourney.co.nz/st…
Canada Post receives so many letters to Santa Claus each year that they created a mailing address (with postal code H0H 0H0) from which postal workers volunteer to respond to kids' letters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The Christmas song, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" was written during the Great Depression and had lyrics telling those who were fortunate enough to give back to others and raise spirits. As such, the true meaning of the song is to be as charitable and kind as children believe Santa to be. youtu.be/kM_eWxvLGiM
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. didyouknowstuff.com/santa…
For 20 years, J.R.R. Tolkien sent his children illustrated letters from Santa Claus where Santa would battle goblins flying on bats, and included fireworks, a prank-loving polar bear, and multiple invented languages. tolkienlibrary.com/booksb…
There is a city in GA called Santa Claus with Christmas-themed street names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
The Nightmare Before Christmas has an official epilogue in rimes in the same style of the intro. It was published with the soundtrack cd and tells about Santa Claus going back after years to meet Jack again youtu.be/npvD5dsCKtI
Toronto's most notorious (and oldest, at 66 years old) serial killer operated as a landscaper during the summer, and a mall Santa Claus during the winter. He eventually pled guilty to 8 counts of homicide of gay men in the Toronto area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Mexico tried to replace Santa Claus with Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent Aztec god laht.com/article.asp?Arti…
The Roman Catholic Church in Boston condemned the 1952 song β€œI Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” because it mixed kissing and Christmas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Santa Claus was based on a REAL Person. Saint Nicholas was an early Christian Bishop in ancient Greece who had a habit of secret gift giving. He is said to have rescued three girls from being forced into prostitution by dropping a sack of gold coins through the window of their house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Berthold Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg, eldest brother of Claus, one of the primary architects of the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler, was also executed for his own participation. He was strangled and revived multiple times, and the whole process was filmed for Hitler to view later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
The Coca-Cola Company is the real reason that Santa Claus looks the way he does in virtually everything we buy. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot’s license from the U.S. government in 1927. They also gave him airway maps and promised to keep the runway lights on. loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
The poem β€œA Visit from St. Nicholas,” aka "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," is the origin of the modern, cheerful, chubby version of Santa Claus. He was previously depicted as a thin, horse-riding disciplinarian: a combo of British Father Christmas, the Dutch Sinterklaas, and a 4th c. bishop. poets.org/poem/visit-st-n…
In the 1800s before the Federal Government issued paper money, some U.S. banks printed their own banknotes, some with Santa Claus on them. One sold to a collector for $40,000 eight years ago. coinweek.com/paper-money-…
Charles Schulz was not a fan of Santa Claus, that's why the original Christmas special is about the Nativity and the Halloween special is about a Santa like figure not showing up. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The reason that NORAD annually tracks Santa Claus' journey from the North Pole is because Sears printed an ad to talk to Santa on his private line, with a wrong phone number that was actually CONAD's top secret hotline that would only ring if there was a national crisis snopes.com/holidays/chris…
There was a bank robber dressed as Santa Claus who was responsible for the death of 6 people during his robbery and getaway. When he was caught and thrown in jail, nearly 2,000 people showed up, pushed past the guards, dragged him out of the jail and hanged him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
In Russia, the Santa Claus figure there is Ded Moroz. Instead of eight reindeers, he has three horses and contrary to Santa Claus, he delivers gifts on New Year's Eve and not on Christmas Eve (hence the Christmas tree is also known as New Year Tree) tripsavvy.com/ded-moroz-t…
Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students. His habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to what we now know as Santa Claus. wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_…
--Christmas 2013 more than 250 passengers on Calgary-bound flights were part of a "Christmas miracle" done by WestJet. Santa Claus appeared on life-size screens at boarding gates and asked passengers what they wanted for Christmas. When the planes landed the gifts were on the baggage carousel. cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar…
The street plan of Rovaniemi in Lapland, home of 'Santa Claus Village', is based on a reindeer's head and antlers. Architect Alvar Aalto was commissioned in 1945 after the retreating German army burnt down the city in WWII. He was partly inspired by Roosevelt's Tennessee Valley Authority. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, students and prostitutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Saint Nicholas, the basis for Santa Claus, was the patron saint of prostitutes, sailors, and repentant thieves, among other things. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai…
Cartoonist Thomas Nast, known for the modern depiction of Santa Claus, also created the GOP's elephant symbol and helped bring down NYC political boss William Tweed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Canada Post introduced a special address for mail to Santa Claus, complete with its own postal code: H0H 0H0! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
The Finnish word for Santa Claus is "Joulupukki" which translates to "Christmas goat" or, more directly, "Yule goat." In Finland, the "Joulupukki" used to be depicted as an evil goat-man figure. Now, it's evolved into the Coca-Cola Santa Claus we all recognize. inktank.fi/how-joulupukki…
The name Santa Claus evolved from the Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas). history.com/topics/christ…
, Santa Claus in the Marvel Universe is the most powerful mutant ever detected by Cerebro marvel.wikia.com/wiki/San…
In 1961 a little girl wrote to President Kennedy concerned about the safety of Santa Claus amid Soviet nuclear testing at the North Pole. Kennedy wrote back that he had spoken to Santa and that he was fine. lettersofnote.com/2013/09…
There is a Santa Claus University that teaches professional Santa Claus skills like toy knowledge, poses, and how to avoid law suit. A top-level Santa Claus can make up to $100,000 a year. youtube.com/watch?v=QL-Sl…
When Coca-Cola created the modern image of Santa Claus in their advertisements, Santa was depicted without a wedding ring, causing fans to write to Coca-Cola asking whether he was still married to Mrs. Claus. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Santa Claus derived from the Dutch legend of Sinterclaas and they belive he comes every year by boat from Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Santa Claus received a pilot's license from the US Secretary of Commerce in 1927 loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
In the Marvel comics Santa Claus is actually the world's most powerful mutant ever registered by the X-Men marvel.wikia.com/Santa_Cl…
A former President of Equatorial Guinea celebrated the Christmas of 1975 by having 150 of his opponents executed in a soccer stadium by soldiers dressed as Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Today I learned of Francisci MacΓ­as Nguema, first President of Equatorial Guinea, who once had about 150 of his opponents executed on Christmas Eve by Soldiers dressed in Santa Claus outfits at the football stadium in Malabo, while listening to "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Canada formally awarded Santa Claus official citizenship and gave him his own postal code (H0H 0H0) so children can send him letters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
In the DC universe, Santa Claus is a powerful 1800 year old immortal entity whose bone dust was once snorted like cocaine by John Constantine. dc.wikia.com/wiki/Santa_C…
The β€œtradition” of Santa Claus giving naughty kids lumps of coal dates back to the 19th century, when coal-burning fireplaces were common. His European counterparts would also leave twigs, bags of salt, garlic, and onions in their stockings. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Santa Claus is a Marvel character. He has powers that include teleportation and the ability to shape-shift, and he once saved the X-Men on Christmas Eve. marvel.wikia.com/Santa_Cl…
Santa Claus' address in Canada is: North Pole, postal code - H0H 0H0 canadapost.ca/web/en/blog…
Sinterklaas, the primary source for Santa Claus, is the Dutch Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children. He wears a long red cape, traditionally rides a white horse called 'Amerigo', and carries a big red book in which is written whether each child has been good or naughty in the past year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
That, according to the Canadian Federal government, Santa Claus is a Canadian Citizen. torontosun.com/news/canad…
Today I learned of Equatorial Guinea's 1975 Christmas Eve massacre, in which roughly 150 political dissenters were executed in a stadium by soldiers wearing Santa Claus costumes to the tune of Mary Hopkin's "Those Were the Days." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The Amalgamated Order of Real Bearded Santas, an organization for men with real beards who look like Santa Claus, suffered a schism when a new board member began accusing other board members of profiteering. From its ashes rose the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas. ocweekly.com/forbs-war-of…
There is a city in Alaska called North Pole and a man whose legal name is Santa Claus sits on the city council northpolealaska.com/cityc…
Canada Post receives millions of letters addressed to Santa Claus each year, with a special dedicated postal code, H0H 0H0. About 15,000 current and retired Canada Post employees respond to each letter received pretending to be Santa en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Berthold Stauffenberg, brother of Claus von Stauffenberg (chief conspirator in 20 July assasination plot to kill Hitler) was executed by being strangled and then revived multiple times. The execution and multiple resuscitations were filmed for Hitler to view at his leisure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Shirley Temple's mother took her to see Santa at the mall when she was young. The mall santa asked for her autograph, and this is when she stopped believing in Santa Claus quoteinvestigator.com/201…
It's illegal to use Santa Claus in alcohol ads in the state of Ohio. articles.latimes.com/1987…
The reason that NORAD annually tracks Santa Claus' journey from the North Pole is because Sears printed an ad to talk to Santa on his private line, with a wrong phone number that was actually CONAD's top secret hotline that would only ring if there was a national crisis snopes.com/holidays/chris…
Chris Farley was buried in red and green socks with the words "Ho-Ho-Ho" and Santa Claus on them. books.google.com/books?id…
In the 40's and 50's, Coca-Cola's ads gave Santa Claus a sidekick named Sprite Boy - named such because he was a sprite, not because of the drink Sprite, which would not be introduced under that name until 1961. coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Icelandic folklore's version of Santa Claus is the "Yule Lads", a group of 13 mischievous/criminal pranksters said to descend from mountain trolls, who steal from and otherwise harass the population. Their names include Sausage Swiper, Doorway Sniffer, Meat Hook & Skyr Gobbler. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yul…
The first appearance of Santa's wife in an audio-visual medium, a month before she appeared in Rankin/Bass's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, was in Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Today I learned of Bill Ansell, a Pennsylvania man who was accused of harassing his neighbors for a decade through his Christmas lawn display featuring among other things, β€œa beheaded choir, a hanging Mickey Mouse and even a urinating Santa Claus that lights up at night” abcnews.go.com/US/man-ter…
The Dutch Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) delivers presents on a gray horse accompanied by black men and kidnaps children to bring to Spain if they're naughty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is the Patron Saint of Prostitutes. catholic.org/saints/saint…
Santa Claus and Father Christmas were originally two separate characters, with the former visiting on the Feast of St. Nicholas and that latter visiting on Christmas theallusionist.org/allusi…
The physical look of Santa Claus is largely based on the pagan god Odin. According to folklore, Odin the giftbearer rode a ghostly procession through the sky called the Wild Hunt during the celebration of midwinter known as Yule. Even today, the word for Christmas in Scandinavia is still Yule. en.wikipedia.com/wiki/San…
Santa Claus was elected to the North Pole, Alaska city council in 2015. adn.com/fairbanks/article…
There is a American fraternal order for men with beards who resemble Santa Claus. They host seminars and training on how to best portray Santa professionally and even offer official certification to their members. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Santa Claus was issued a pilot's licence from the United States government in 1927 loc.gov/pictures/item/hec…
In some Alpine countries, the Santa Claus character is accompanied by a devilish companion called Krampus, who murders naughty children by drowning them in a bathtub that he carries around with him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kra…
There is a Finnish Christmas film called Rare Export in which Santa Claus is a killer monster inktank.fi/modern-finnish…
Norman Mailer attended a dinner party by Claus von BΓΌlow, recently acquitted of attempted murder. Mailer eventually told his wife, "Let's get out of here. I think this guy is innocent. I thought we were going to be having dinner with a man who actually tried to kill his wife. This is boring." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I learned that beer commercials in the United States cannot have Santa Claus in them beerinstitute.org/assets/…
Today I learned of Jean LΓΆring, a german football team chairman who fired his team's manager at half-time for being down 0-2 and coached the team himself for the rest of the game.He was also once banned from the stadium dressed up as Santa Claus and watched the game from the stands without being identified. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Santa Claus ran for President of the United States in the 2008 and 2012 election cycles thesanta.im/contact.html
A former President of Equatorial Guinea celebrated the Christmas of 1975 by having 150 of his opponents executed in a soccer stadium by soldiers dressed as Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
Odin, a precursor to Santa Claus, rode Sleipnir, an Eight legged flying horse. In the winter, Odin gave out both gifts and punishments, and children would fill their boots or stockings with treats for Sleipnir. facts.randomhistory.com/c…
Santa Claus received 670 votes in the 2012 US presidential election thegreenpapers.com/G12/Pr…
It is illegal in Ohio for alcohol advertisements to represent, portray, or make any reference to Santa Claus. codes.ohio.gov/oac/4301:1…
Santa Claus is "The most powerful mutant ever registered" by Cerebro marvel.wikia.com/wiki/San…
Will Ferrell was Santa Claus in a Pasedena mall with Chris Kattan as his elf sidekick until his career took off. aceshowbiz.com/celebrity/…
Peter Jackson starred in Hot Fuzz as Santa Claus, stabbing Simon Pegg in the hand. imdb.com/title/tt0425112/…
Santa Claus received his pilot's license in 1927, and there's a photograph. loc.gov/pictures/item/201…
Justices on the Supreme Court of Canada dress like Santa Claus
There is a Blockbuster still open for business at 30 N. Santa Claus Lane on the North Pole. blockbuster.com/franchise…
The song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" was condemned by the Catholic church because it mixed Christmas and kissing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_S…
Elmo, Santa Claus, and Saddam Hussein all have keys to the city of Detroit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 2002, Santa Claus topped the Forbes Fictional 15 list with an estimated net worth of $∞. forbes.com/2002/09/13/400…
Coca Cola owns the santa claus actual shape and image coca-colacompany.com/stor…
Today I learned of a tradition that involves a pickle ornament. The finder of the Christmas Pickle ornament on Christmas morning, gets an extra present from Santa Claus and will have a lucky year! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Santa Claus has been excluded from the "Forbes Fictional 15", which lists the wealthiest fictional characters, since 2006, due to the fact that they had received countless letters from children insisting that he was real. forbes.com/2006/11/20/for…
The Canadian minister of Citizen, Immigration and Multiculturalism officially declared Santa Claus to be a Canadian citizen in a political move reaffirming Canada's claim of northern sovereignty over that of the Russians and the Dutch news.nationalpost.com/201…
Sinterklass, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, and his helper Zwarte Piet, typically depicted in blackface. According to legend, they give nice kids candy, and put naughty kids in a bag and send them to Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
U.S. supermarkets used to sell a tabloid called Weekly World News, featuring a recurring character called Bat Boy. Bat Boy has led police on a high-speed chase, fought in the war on terror, led the troops to capture Saddam Hussein, bitten Santa Claus, and traveled into outer space. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
The Swiss version of Santa Claus is normally accompanied by a strange-looking individual with a blacked out face who's job is to beat naughty children with sticks. The guys name is "Schmutzli", which roughly translates to "Dirty" swissinfo.ch/eng/Schmutzl…
The modern depiction of Santa Claus was popularized by Coca-Cola in a 1931 advertisement nbcnews.com/id/34525202/n…
Canada Post has an official Santa Claus letter-response program, assisted by about 11,000 volunteers; also Santa Claus has his own Canadian postal code: "H0H 0H0". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
It is illegal in the State of Ohio to use Santa Claus in any advertising to promote alcohol sales codes.ohio.gov/oac/4301:1…
The original Santa Claus stole church money to save girls from sex slavery nytimes.com/2007/12/25/op…
Canada considers Santa Claus to be a Canadian Citizen digitaljournal.com/articl…
Finland reserves the postal code 99999 for Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…

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