13 Facts About Santa Claus

1. Santa Claus is an avid writer and loves to write different interesting top 10s.

2. Santa Claus is a dreamer and loves reading, writing, traveling and above all, sleeping.

3. Santa Claus would fly around on his terrifying warhorse named Sleipnir.

4. Santa Claus was a bachelor until the late 1800sThe first mention of a spouse for Santa was in the 1849 short story A Christmas Legend by James Rees.

5. Santa Claus earned a reputation as an anonymous gift giver, says MSNBC, by paying the dowries of impoverished girls and handing out treats and coins to children — often leaving them in their shoes, set out at night for that very purpose.

6. Santa Claus smiled, signed the card and handed it to him.

7. Santa Claus was excited to be out in the community again.

8. Santa Claus became connected to reindeer largely through the influence of the 1823 anonymous poem, "A visit from St Nicholas".

9. Santa Claus was after all the patron of the Varangians, the Viking bodyguard of the Byzantine Emperors.

10. Santa Claus became a focus not just for religious devotion, but Medieval dramas and popular festivals – some popular enough to be suppressed during the Reformation.

11. Santa Claus was dressed in an American flag, and had a puppet with the name "Jeff" written on it, reflecting its Civil War context.

12. Santa Claus is the patron saint of both Amsterdam and Moscow.

13. Santa Claus is commonly portrayed as living at the North Pole, and often laughing in a way that sounds like "ho ho ho".