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19th Feb '18 10:39:49 AM alnair20aug93
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The best-known (at least in modern times) mascot of Christmas, developed in the United States as an amalgam of the story of St. Nicholas of Myra and various other seasonal folk heroes, with many aspects provided by the classic poem ''A Visit From St. Nicholas'' (popularly known by its first line, '' 'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChcristmas'').

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The best-known (at least in modern times) mascot of Christmas, developed in the United States as an amalgam of the story of St. Nicholas of Myra and various other seasonal folk heroes, with many aspects provided by the classic poem ''A Visit From St. Nicholas'' (popularly known by its first line, '' 'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChcristmas'').'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'').
19th Feb '18 10:38:52 AM alnair20aug93
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The best-known (at least in modern times) mascot of Christmas, developed in the United States as an amalgam of the story of St. Nicholas of Myra and various other seasonal folk heroes, with many aspects provided by the classic poem ''A Visit From St. Nicholas'' (popularly known by its first line, '' 'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'').

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The best-known (at least in modern times) mascot of Christmas, developed in the United States as an amalgam of the story of St. Nicholas of Myra and various other seasonal folk heroes, with many aspects provided by the classic poem ''A Visit From St. Nicholas'' (popularly known by its first line, '' 'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChristmas'').'Literature/TwasTheNightBeforeChcristmas'').



Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] [[CoolOldGuy old man]] with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house by the chimney, fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.

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Santa Claus is universally envisioned as a [[BigFun festively overweight]] [[CoolOldGuy old man]] with [[BadassBeard a long white or silver beard]], who wears a red suit [[PrettyInMink with white trim]] and a matching [[{{Nice Hat}} cap]] (originally a red bishop's robe and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camauro camauro]]), black boots and a vast black belt worn across his belly. He lives at the North Pole (or in Lapland, or in Spain, or somewhere else depending on your culture -- the original St. Nick was Greek, from a city in what is now Turkey) and oversees a large workshop staffed by elves (diminutive commercial-friendly elves, not tall proud Tolkien-type elves --[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D players]] will see more of a resemblance to gnomes) who are often [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld far]] {{older than they look}}. These elves in their workshop produce toys year-round, and every Christmas Eve they load them into an [[BagOfHolding improbably roomy sack]] which Santa carries as he sets out to deliver them to all the good boys and girls of the world. His vehicle is a flying sleigh pulled by eight reindeer named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen (with an option on a ninth, in the form of [[WesternAnimation/RudolphTheRedNosedReindeer Rudolph]], on nights with poor visibility). He enters each house [[ChimneyEntry by the chimney, chimney]], fills the residents' stockings (left hanging on the mantle for his attention) with the gifts and toys he brought, and then leaves the same way he came in. It is considered polite for the family to [[LeavingFoodForSanta set out a treat of milk and cookies, for his snack,]] and perhaps a tidbit for the reindeer too. It is traditional in certain versions of the legend that Santa can tell when children are sleeping and when they are awake and will only deliver presents to children who go to bed when they're told to on Christmas Eve and won't come if they try to stay awake to see him. This was almost certainly something started by parents in more recent times, as it doesn't seem to appear in earlier versions of the story. It was likely popularized by the line "He knows when you are sleeping; he knows when you're awake" from the song "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." (German and Scandinavian traditions use this same idea as ScareEmStraight NightmareFuel for toddlers). Note that this often simply does ''not'' apply in fiction and somehow even kids that are shown being told this still somehow end up getting to meet Santa Claus.
19th Dec '17 7:38:14 AM Oecchi
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* ''WesternAnimation/ArthurChristmas'' reveals that Santa Claus is a LegacyCharacter whose position has been passed down from father to son over hundreds of years (naturally, it all started with Saint Nicolas). The current Santa, Malcolm, is getting old and is very out of touch with the new advanced technology that the ChristmasElves use to help him deliver presents on Christmas Eve. His older son Steve, who currently serves as his MissionControl, hopes to succeed him as the next Santa, but his younger son Arthur is the one who really understands the importance of making children happy on Christmas despite being clumsy and terrified of practically everything.
17th Dec '17 12:31:13 PM Dvandemon
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* In a LooseCanon Avengers Assemble Christmas special, Santa is a legendary figure across all nine realms. His []HybridPower mixed heritage]] of Frost Giant and Light Elf grants him RealityWarper magic powers to bend spacetime and deliver his presents to every good child across all realms.

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* In a LooseCanon Avengers Assemble Christmas special, Santa is a legendary figure across all nine realms. His []HybridPower [[HybridPower mixed heritage]] of Frost Giant and Light Elf grants him RealityWarper magic powers to bend spacetime and deliver his presents to every good child across all realms.
17th Dec '17 12:20:09 PM Dvandemon
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** Santa has also been seen on the show "making a summer run," and once shared a chimney-vator with Perry the Platypus.

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** Santa has also been seen on the show "making a summer run," and once shared a chimney-vator with Perry the Platypus.Platypus, who couldn't help but beam in his presence. [[ChekhovsGun He later shows up]], doing a summer run, his sleigh providing aid at a crucial moment for Perry, who starts beaming again.


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* In a LooseCanon Avengers Assemble Christmas special, Santa is a legendary figure across all nine realms. His []HybridPower mixed heritage]] of Frost Giant and Light Elf grants him RealityWarper magic powers to bend spacetime and deliver his presents to every good child across all realms.
14th Dec '17 12:28:30 AM SonicHOG
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* ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'' features Santa in many of the series' Christmas specials. Notably in ''Barney's Night Before Christmas'', where Barney and his friends visit Santa's workshop and meet the jolly old man himself and Main/MrsClaus. In his various appearances in the Christmas specials, it's noted he and Barney are old friends, both being magical beings who help children in need.
** In ''Waiting for Santa'', while Santa himself doesn't show up until the end, Barney and the Backyard Gang still visit the Workshop and visit Mrs. Claus in a quest to give them Derek's new address.
12th Dec '17 10:32:50 PM MadAnthony94
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* Eddie books an appearance for him on ''ClassOf3000'' in an attempt to impress Tamika. He's portrayed as a black man, but is otherwise pretty standard Santa. Oh, and Sunny holds a deep grudge against him (Santa misinterpreted Sunny's Christmas list when he was a child, leading to him getting injured and losing his prized part in a school play).
12th Dec '17 10:09:41 PM MadAnthony94
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* Santa makes an appearance in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''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]].

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* Santa makes an appearance in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''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 is possibly an aspect of Odin]].


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* "San D'Klass" is mentioned in ''Literature/{{Artemis Fowl}}''. Apparently a deluded king of the Elves who thought he could assuage the greed of mankind with occasional gifts, he utilized time stop technology to pull it all off in one night [[spoiler: and the fact that everyone remains sleeping during a time stop gives Artemis the idea for how to beat it]].
9th Dec '17 9:08:13 PM JMQwilleran
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* He appears at the end of the animated ''[[Literature/IfYouGiveAMouseAcookie If You Give a Mouse a Christmas Cookie]]'', just after Mouse sneaks a bite of the cookie left out for him. He leaves Mouse and Oliver's presents, and then Mouse hands him the cookie.
-->'''Oliver''': (''narrating'') And if you give Santa a cookie, then...
-->'''Santa''': Thirsty.
-->'''Oliver''': He's going to want a glass of milk to go with.
-->'''Santa''': Merry Christmas, Mouse.
26th Nov '17 7:49:38 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Theatre/YesVirginiaTheMusical'' has not only Scraggly Santa, a homeless man playing the part, but has eight versions of Santa Claus from around the world appear for "Santa by the Book", a song about how Santa is real, and exists in different forms around the world, and the Jolly Gentleman is implied to be Santa Claus in disguise.
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