12 Facts About Santa

1. Santa is generally depicted as a portly, jolly, white-bearded man, often with spectacles, wearing a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, white-fur-cuffed red trousers, red hat with white fur, and black leather belt and boots, carrying a bag full of gifts for children.

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2. Santa is commonly portrayed as laughing in a way that sounds like "ho ho ho".

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3. Santa is the patron saint of both Amsterdam and Moscow.

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4. Santa is really the only cultural icon we have who's male, does not carry a gun, and is all about peace, joy, giving, and caring for other people.

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5. Santa is much more organic, integral, connected to the past, and therefore connected to the future.

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6. For instance, a Bloom County story from 15 December 1981 through 24 December 1981 has Santa rejecting the demands of PETCO for higher wages, a hot tub in the locker room, and "short broads," with the elves then going on strike.

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7. In North American tradition, Santa is said to live at the North Pole, which according to Canada Post lies within Canadian jurisdiction in postal code H0H 0H0 (a reference to "ho ho ho", Santa's notable saying, although postal codes starting with H are usually reserved for the island of Montreal in Quebec).

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8. In France, Santa is believed to reside in 1 Chemin des Nuages, Pole Nord.

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9. The actor dressed up as Santa is usually helped by other actors dressed as elves or other creatures of folklore associated with Santa.

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10. Sometimes a photograph of the child and actor portraying Santa are taken.

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11. Santa receives over 600,000 letters every year from over 198 countries with Togo being the most recent country added to the list.

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12. The New Zealand Skeptics see no harm in parents telling their children that Santa is real.

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