Written by Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn
In the spirit of the holiday season, here are the results of an imaginary background check of Santa Claus to ensure he is qualified for his important job at Christmas. The background check includes Santa’s alias names, address history, work history, driving history, and criminal history (he does sneak into houses after dark).
- Appearance: Santa Claus is described by most people who encounter him as a “fat and jolly” man with a long and thick white beard. He is usually dressed in a red coat with a 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 often wears spectacles and carries a heavy bag stuffed full of gifts.
- 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 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 contain a wish list of toys and declarations of good behavior while listening to Christmas carols.
- 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 drives a magic sleigh that is pulled through the night sky by flying reindeer 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.
- Criminal History: Santa Claus secretly enters homes late on Christmas Eve (December 24) or early on Christmas Day (December 25) through a chimney if one is available. He does not steal anything but instead leaves gifts for the sleeping inhabitants under their Christmas tree. The only items he takes are milk and cookies if they are left out for him.
- Eyewitness Account: Santa Claus was described in a poem titled “A Visit from St. Nicolas” that was 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.”
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