Written by ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn in the spirit of the holiday season.
The Christmas holiday is when children worldwide await the arrival of Santa Claus and the presents he brings. But what do we really know about this celebrated figure? Employment Screening Resources (ESR) – a service offering of ClearStar – conducted a background check on Santa and uncovered the following information.
- Appearance: Santa Claus is described by most people who encounter him as a “fat and jolly” man with a long and thick white beard who is usually 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 also wears spectacles and carries a heavy bag full of gifts.
- Criminal History: Santa Claus secretly enters homes late on Christmas Eve (December 24) or early on Christmas Day (December 25). He enters through a chimney if one is available. He does not steal anything but instead leaves gifts for the sleeping inhabitants under the Christmas tree. The only items he takes are milk and cookies if they are left out for him.
- Alias Names: Santa Claus is known by several different alias names or AKAs (“Also Known As”) that include “Father Christmas,” “Kris Kringle,” “Saint Nicholas,” and “Sinterklaas.” He is also called “Papá Noel” where the Spanish language is spoken and “Père Noël” in France and other French-speaking areas. Sometimes he is simply called by his first name “Santa.”
- Address History: Santa Claus lives at the North Pole which is the northernmost place on the Earth. He lives there with his wife, Mrs. Claus, who likes to bake cookies and help her husband prepare toys. He spends most of his time at home reading letters written to him by children that usually contain a very long wish list of toys and declarations of good behavior.
- Work History: Santa Claus works at “Santa’s Workshop” at the North Pole where toys are manufactured with the help of “Santa’s Little Helpers” who are elves dressed in green and red with pointy ears and pointy hats. He makes a list of children who are “naughty” or “nice” and checks it twice before delivering coal to “naughty” children and toys to “nice” children.
- Driving History: Santa Claus uses flying reindeer to pull his sleigh through the night sky to deliver gifts at Christmas. Santa’s reindeer include Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and – on foggy Christmas Eves – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Children may follow Santa’s flight around the world at Christmas with the Santa Tracker.
- Eyewitness Account: Santa Claus was described in the poem “The Night Before Christmas” published in 1823. In the poem, a father wakes to noises outside his home on Christmas Eve and sees Saint Nicholas land his sleigh on the roof, enter the house by the chimney, leave toys for children in stockings, and say: “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
ClearStar and ESR wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. Christmas Day (December 25, 2021) and New Year’s Day (January 1, 2022) are both on Saturday this year, so ClearStar and ESR offices will be closed a day early to observe these holidays on Friday, December 24, 2021, and Friday, December 31, 2021.
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