Some call him 'Father Christmas', others call him 'baba Christmas', the rest call him 'Santa' or 'Santa Claus' or some name they derived for that white bearded man, sometimes with spectacles who wears a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white cuffed red trousers and a black leather belt and goes around sharing gifts on December 24th or December 6th (in some European countries when the feast day of St Nicholas is celebrated) Father Christmas can also be known as 'St Nicholas' or 'Kris Jungle' and is a mythical figure. According to the carol 'Santa Claus is coming to town', children are expected to be good throughout the year so they get a present from Santa. Parents often have taken advantage of the Santa Claus figure to ensure the kids are back on track when they err. It is believed that Santa makes a list of children (naughty and nice), delivers coal to the naughty ones and candy/presents to the nice ones. He does this with the aid of the elves in his workshop and the reindeer who pulls his sleigh. It is believed Father Christmas is around 70 years, since he's large and he comes down the chimney to put presents under the Christmas tree or in the children's room or in their stockings. Some traditional American families even leave presents for Santa - presents of wine, pies, biscuits and others. In homes without chimneys, it is believed he uses an alternative means such as the magical key which unlock all doors. In the popular 'Ted' movie, Santa Claus sent the kid, John a teddy which became his friend for life. Here are some things you probably didn't know about Santa -
- Santa is a citizen of Canada - Sometime in 2008, the minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism declared this and since then, it has stuck. He is a Canadian by nationality, just incase there's need to bury him in his hometown when he dies.
- Santa was banned in early America - Back in the early America, the observation of Christmas and Santa was termed a sacrilege (the exchange of gifts, the fine clothing were reffered to as satanical) and the offenders liable to pay five shillings. Pretty much right?