Santa Claus

Santa Claus is the best part of Christmas.  

From his fantastic annual, one-night circumnavigation of the globe with a sack of presents slung over his shoulder to the fact that his preferred mode of transportation is a sleigh powered by flying reindeer, it is clear that Santa is utterly unmistakable. 

You might think you know everything there is to know about Jolly Old Saint Nick. But have you heard these fun facts: 

Santa’s sleigh travels at the speed of light

That is about 299,792 kilometres per second or 1,080,310,000 kilometres per hour! Santa does not get enough credit for the amount he does in just one night! He has to make 842 million stops on Christmas Eve, and 31 hours to do it (thanks to time zone differences). To get to every house in that time period, his sleigh is equipped with the most advanced autonomous, self-flying technology out there. Check out how Santa’s sleigh works.

Santa has many names

Santa Claus is also known as St. Nickolas, Saint Nicholas, St. Nick, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost, and Kris Kringle. Santa Claus has a long history steeped in Christmas traditions. Whatever he is called, he is still the same short, jolly old man with a long beard, wearing a red suit with white fur. 

Santa Claus appears to be pretty secretive about his operations. Santa Claus is said to live at the North Pole with his wife, where he spends the year making toys with the help of his elves. But, as his home and workshop are historical, there is no definite geographical location as to where the home or workshop is located.  

Santa eats way too much sugar

Santa did not get a little round belly that shakes when he laughs like a bowl full of jelly from eating too much broccoli. No, he loves his sweets. And he has millions of kids across the globe encouraging his bad habits. If every household he visits leaves an average of two cookies, that means in a single evening he consumes 374 billion calories, 299,000 tonnes of sugar, and 136,000 tonnes of fat. To burn off all of those calories, Santa would need to run for approximately 109,000 years. Good luck with that, Santa!

Santa Claus is about 1,750 years old

He was born around 270 AD. It is the magic of Christmas that keeps him alive and well. He often tells people he stopped counting his birthdays when he turned 550 years old. 

According to NORAD, Santa's sleigh can carry more than 27,000 kilograms.

What is NORAD? The North American Aerospace Defence command. Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, NORAD tracks everything that flies in and around North America in defence of their homeland. But on 24 December, they have the very special mission of also tracking Santa. Follow the NORAD Santa Tracker

Santa has 8 reindeer

Their names are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Rudolph is considered Santa’s 9th reindeer. Check out how Rudolph’s bioluminescence works. So do all reindeer fly? No, in fact only Santa’s reindeer fly. Santa uses his Christmas magic to make his reindeer fly.

If you write a letter to Santa and address it as Santa Mail at the North Pole and bring it to the post office, Santa’s Christmas Magic will pick it up and get it to him. Find out more about Santa’s Letterbox.

So what does Santa do when Christmas is over? First, he takes a short vacation with Mrs Claus at the North Pole then he gets right back to work preparing his good boys and girls list and his naughty girls and boys list. He also starts getting toys ready for next Christmas. Remember to always be good because you never know when Santa is watching.

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  • Explore and learn with Santa's elves all December long at Santa’s Village with Google Santa Tracker.
  • Visit the virtual realm of elf on the shelf for games, activities and more.
  • Enjoy a magical experience with Santa from the comfort of your own home thanks to Zoom with Santa.

In the 1920s the Coca Cola Company started placing Christmas ads with a man dressed up as Santa. To this day Coca Cola Company still runs Christmas ads featuring Santa.

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