In 1897 a newspaper published a response to an 8-year old girl who asked if Santa was real. The editorial, known as "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus," became the most reprinted in the English language. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
It is not known who wrote "Twas the Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St Nicholas)" with Clement Clarke Moore claiming authorship but many contending that Henry Livingstone Jr was the actual author. The poem is largely responsible for the modern conceptions of Santa Claus. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_V…
The real St. Nicholas (the origin of modern Santa Claus) was a monk born in Turkey, and is said to have saved young women from being sold into prostitution or slavery. history.com/topics/christ…
Gene Autry wrote "Here Comes Santa Claus" after hearing children repeatedly scream the phrase during the Hollywood Christmas Parade. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
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…
Today I learned about James Edgar, a businessman who has been credited with being the one who first came up with the idea of dressing up as Santa Claus for Christmas. He started the tradition in 1890 in his Brockton, Massachusetts, department store. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The Canadian Post office responds to mail addressed to Santa Claus (his zip code is "H0H 0H0") en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Saint Nicholas (Santa Claus) is said to have resurrected three butchered and pickled boys. stnicholascenter.org/who-…
A newspaper in 1918 published "Santa Claus Is Down With the Flu" quod.lib.umich.edu/f/flu/…
In China, Santa Claus is often depicted with a saxophone and no-one seems to know why chinadigitaltimes.net/201…
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…
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
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…
Mexico tried to replace Santa Claus with Quetzalcoatl, a feathered serpent Aztec god laht.com/article.asp?Arti…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
There is a city in GA called Santa Claus with Christmas-themed street names en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
--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…
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…
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
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_…
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…
, Santa Claus in the Marvel Universe is the most powerful mutant ever detected by Cerebro marvel.wikia.com/wiki/San…
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…
Canada Post introduced a special address for mail to Santa Claus, complete with its own postal code: H0H 0H0! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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 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 derived from the Dutch legend of Sinterclaas and they belive he comes every year by boat from Spain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
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…

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