Santa Clause Fun Facts

  • The original Santa Clause, Saint Nicholas, was Bishop of Myra in Anatolia (modern day Turkey), around 270 A.D. and had a reputation for secretly giving gifts to those in need
  • Santa has 31 hours to deliver all his presents to children across the world (that’s approximately 822 homes per second to deliver all his presents),santa-claus-581994_960_720 thanks to the time zone differences
  • Santa Clause has nine reindeer total, including: Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. Rudolph, the most famouse of Santa’s reindeers, is the latest recruit, having joined the team in 1939
  • Santa has to travel roughly travel 316,899,308.04 miles on Christmas Eve, traveling about 1,800 miles per second, all night without stopping in order to deliver al his Christmas presents
  • The United States and Canada know him as Santa Clause. In Chine, he is called Shengdan Laoren. In Englad, his name is Father Christmas. In France, he’s known as Pere Noel. In Germany, children get presents from Christindl, the Christ Child

Christmas Fun Facts

  • “Silent Night” was first sung as part of a church service in Austria. A guitar was used  because the church organ was so badly rusted it couldn’t be played
  • Guatemalan adults do not exchange Christmas gifts until New Year’s Day. Children get theirs on Christmas morning
  • In North American, children put stocking out at Christmas time. The Dutch use shoes
  • When visiting Finland, Santa leaves his sleigh behind and rides on a goat name Ukko. Finnish folklore states that Ukko is made of straw, but is strong enough to carry Santa Claus anyway
  • The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving. The song was composed in 1857 by James Pierpont, and was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”
  • There are 364 gifts mentioned in the “Twelve Days of Christmas”
  • The first Christmas was celebrated on December 25, AD 336 in Rome