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3rd Jul '16 3:10:46 AM Adept
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[[HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys The traditional explanation for Santa's ability to achieve his annual deliveries]] is that [[AWizardDidIt he is a magical being]]. However, modern stories dealing with Santa give him access to a [[{{Magitek}} combination of magic and supertechnology]]; some versions even do away with the magic altogether (for example, the [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas ep]] of ''{{Buzz Lightyear of Star Command}}'' has his supertech being used by the villains to commit tons of felonies). In addition, modern depictions of Santa's home have his workshop being a fully mechanized factory run by the elves. A common variation is to have Santa portrayed as not a single magical being, but as [[GodJob a god-like office held by a mortal]], such as ErnestSavesChristmas, where Santa is a normal person who spends a large chunk of his (possibly magically lengthened) lifespan as Santa Claus, then passes the title off to someone else. Surprisingly, despite all that focus on Santa's delivery process, the one aspect of the legend that has rarely, if ever, been called into question is how Santa could accomplish such feats and still have huge numbers of people (often a numerical majority, even in fiction) who refuse to believe that he exists.

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[[HowCanSantaDeliverAllThoseToys The traditional explanation for Santa's ability to achieve his annual deliveries]] is that [[AWizardDidIt he is a magical being]]. However, modern stories dealing with Santa give him access to a [[{{Magitek}} combination of magic and supertechnology]]; some versions even do away with the magic altogether (for example, the [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas ep]] of ''{{Buzz Lightyear of Star Command}}'' has his supertech being used by the villains to commit tons of felonies). In addition, modern depictions of Santa's home have his workshop being a fully mechanized factory run by the elves. A common variation is to have Santa portrayed as not a single magical being, but as [[GodJob a god-like office held by a mortal]], such as ErnestSavesChristmas, Film/ErnestSavesChristmas, where Santa is a normal person who spends a large chunk of his (possibly magically lengthened) lifespan as Santa Claus, then passes the title off to someone else. Surprisingly, despite all that focus on Santa's delivery process, the one aspect of the legend that has rarely, if ever, been called into question is how Santa could accomplish such feats and still have huge numbers of people (often a numerical majority, even in fiction) who refuse to believe that he exists.
26th Jun '16 7:43:18 PM nombretomado
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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, there has also been a small movement to explain how Santa came to be, and continues to be. The most prominent backstory for the modern Santa (meaning, not derived from various folklore), comes from Creator/LFrankBaum's (of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' fame) novel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus''. This story gives Santa a bit of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' treatment, as there's plenty of strife and battles between the good fairies that raised Santa, and their enemies, a group of rock-monsters. This story has been made into at least two animated films, and continues to be one of the most popular backstories for Santa over 100 years after its first publication. Speaking of Tolkien, he too made his own spin on Santa Claus in ''Literature/TheFatherChristmasLetters''. ''TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry saying that Santa is a fairy.[[note]]Butcher has hinted that he is basically the Fairy King of Winter and a counterpoart of sorts to Mab. One may assume he represents the goodwill and generosity that the harshness of Winter (Mab) brings out in people. Either way, he is a {{Badass}}, and Harry knows it.[[/note]] Harry's not willing to summon him either. He'll mess with TheFairFolk, but Santa, no way.

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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, there has also been a small movement to explain how Santa came to be, and continues to be. The most prominent backstory for the modern Santa (meaning, not derived from various folklore), comes from Creator/LFrankBaum's (of ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' fame) novel, ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndAdventuresOfSantaClaus''. This story gives Santa a bit of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' treatment, as there's plenty of strife and battles between the good fairies that raised Santa, and their enemies, a group of rock-monsters. This story has been made into at least two animated films, and continues to be one of the most popular backstories for Santa over 100 years after its first publication. Speaking of Tolkien, he too made his own spin on Santa Claus in ''Literature/TheFatherChristmasLetters''. ''TheDresdenFiles'' ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' has Harry saying that Santa is a fairy.[[note]]Butcher has hinted that he is basically the Fairy King of Winter and a counterpoart of sorts to Mab. One may assume he represents the goodwill and generosity that the harshness of Winter (Mab) brings out in people. Either way, he is a {{Badass}}, and Harry knows it.[[/note]] Harry's not willing to summon him either. He'll mess with TheFairFolk, but Santa, no way.



* Santa makes an appearance in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Cold Days''. He's pretty cool. He is described as bear-like, standing over seven feet tall, with jelly-like belly. [[spoiler:He joins Literature/TheErlKing to lead TheWildHunt each Halloween. And possibly an aspect of Odin]].

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* Santa makes an appearance in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Cold Days''.''Literature/ColdDays''. He's pretty cool. He is described as bear-like, standing over seven feet tall, with jelly-like belly. [[spoiler:He joins Literature/TheErlKing to lead TheWildHunt each Halloween. And possibly an aspect of Odin]].
22nd Jun '16 8:35:39 AM gewunomox
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** The headline song from the same album as the above song, "I Am Santa Claus," is a parody of Music//BlackSabbath's "Iron Man."

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** The headline song from the same album as the above song, "I Am Santa Claus," is a parody of Music//BlackSabbath's Music/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man."
22nd Jun '16 8:31:35 AM gewunomox
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** The headline song from the same album as the above song, "I Am Santa Claus," is a parody of Creator/BlackSabbath's "Iron Man."

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** The headline song from the same album as the above song, "I Am Santa Claus," is a parody of Creator/BlackSabbath's Music//BlackSabbath's "Iron Man."
1st Jun '16 11:21:26 PM Kirayoshi
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* ''ComicBook/JingleBelle'', by

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* ''ComicBook/JingleBelle'', by Creator/PaulDini, tells the story of Santa Claus's rebellious teen-age daughter.
1st Jun '16 11:20:23 PM Kirayoshi
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* ''ComicBook/JingleBelle'', by
1st May '16 11:31:41 PM Homemaderat
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* ''WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany'': The episode "Santanapped" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



* A version of Santa Claus routinely showed up in the various examples of ChristasEpisode and ChristmasSpecial produced by ''Creator/HannaBarbera''.

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* A version of Santa Claus routinely showed up in the various examples of ChristasEpisode ChristmasEpisode and ChristmasSpecial produced by ''Creator/HannaBarbera''.


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** ''WesternAnimation/PotsworthAndCompany'': The episode "Santanapped" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
1st May '16 11:30:28 PM Homemaderat
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* A version of Santa Claus routinely showed up in the various examples of ChristasEpisode and ChristmasSpecial produced by ''Creator/HannaBarbera''.
** He shows up in ''WesternAnimation/CaspersFirstChristmas''
** Is sick in bed and needs Fred Flintstone's help in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''
** Comes to help Scooby and Shaggy in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooHauntedHolidays''.
24th Apr '16 9:41:54 AM Prfnoff
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* ''Special Delivery'' for UsefulNotes/Atari8BitComputers has you play as a Santa who has overslept on Christmas Eve and hence has only five hours to make his rounds. His helpers drop presents from clouds, but he still has to descend chimneys to deliver them himself.
5th Mar '16 2:45:18 PM JMQwilleran
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* In ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'', Santa is a wandering merchant who sells stuff at insanely high prices in the Wandering Dungeon and can be encountered randomly. When the main protagonist, Edge, first sees him, he suggests that he might be some cosplayer, but he is actually Santa. Despite the high prices, a lot of his stuff is really good, or at the very least unique. That doesn't stop Edge, once you exit the shop menu, from complaining that he'd have to take out a mortgage to afford the stuff.
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