Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (In the Spirit of the Holiday Season)
Just in time for Christmas, leading global background check provider Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) wondered what information on appearance, criminal history, alias names, work/address/driving history, personal life, and eyewitness accounts might appear in a background check on the legendary figure of Santa Claus.
- Appearance: Santa Claus is described as a “fat and jolly” man with a white beard and spectacles who usually is dressed in a red coat with white fur collar and cuffs, red trousers with white fur cuffs, a red hat with white fur, and a black leather belt with black boots. He is also is usually carrying a heavy bag full of gifts.
- Criminal History: Santa Claus secretly enters homes around the world – usually through a chimney – late on Christmas Eve (December 24) or early on Christmas Day (December 25). He does not steal anything but leaves gifts for sleeping children. The only things he takes are milk and cookies if they are left out for him.
- Alias Names: Santa Claus is known by several alias names or AKAs (“Also Known As”) that include “Saint Nicholas,” and “Father Christmas.” Sometimes he is called just by his first name of “Santa.” He is also known as “Père Noël” in France and “Papá Noel” where the Spanish language is spoken.
- Work History: Santa Claus is a self-employed “Christmas Gift Bringer.” He makes lists of all the children in the world and categorizes their behavior as either “naughty” or “nice.” He delivers presents to the “nice” children and coal to the “naughty” children. But no child receives coal since all children are “nice.”
- Address History: Santa Claus lives at the North Pole. His home includes “Santa’s Workshop” where he manufactures the toys he gives to children at Christmas with the aid of many elves called “Santa’s Little Helpers.” He distributes the toys around the world with the help of flying reindeer who pull his sleigh.
- Driving History: Santa Claus uses flying reindeer to pull his sleigh through the dark night sky to help him deliver gifts to children at Christmas. Santa’s flying reindeer include Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and – on foggy Christmas Eves – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
- Personal Life: Santa Claus lives with his wife who is named Mrs. Claus. He often expresses his mirth with a deep-throated laugh followed by him bellowing: “Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas!” He spends most of his time reading letters written to him by the children of the world and making the toys on their wish lists.
- Eyewitness Account: In a poem titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas” published in 1823, a father described waking to noises outside his home on Christmas Eve, seeing St. Nick land his sleigh on the roof, enter by the chimney, leave toys for children in stockings, and say: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
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