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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.
31st Jan '16 3:14:37 PM nombretomado
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The Santa Claus myth is based largely on the Dutch holiday of ''{{Sinterklaas}}'' (a hastily pronounced "St. Nicholas", who comes down the chimney on the 5th/6th of December) and the imagery of the Saint in question carried over to his North Pole incarnation. In the original stories, Sinterklaas was accompanied by black slaves; these have become demons (TheKrampus) in German-speaking culture, and [[ChristmasElves friendly elves]] in the USA. In the Netherlands, the black companians are nowadays portrayed as St. Nicholas' friends and employees. Note that in several countries in Europe, Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are now considered two entirely different characters, each with their own elaborate holiday. It should also be noted that his transition from badass Greek saint to "jolly old elf" was influenced by another winter gift-giver: Odin. Yes, for some reason, in pre-Christian Europe, the king of the gods would sneak into people's houses on the Winter Solstice and leave gifts for the children, who were expected to leave carrots or oats for Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir. During the Christianizing of Europe, this was merged with the story of St. Nicholas giving a father some gold so he wouldn't sell his daughters into prostitution. And that's where Santa comes from.

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The Santa Claus myth is based largely on the Dutch holiday of ''{{Sinterklaas}}'' ''UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}}'' (a hastily pronounced "St. Nicholas", who comes down the chimney on the 5th/6th of December) and the imagery of the Saint in question carried over to his North Pole incarnation. In the original stories, Sinterklaas was accompanied by black slaves; these have become demons (TheKrampus) in German-speaking culture, and [[ChristmasElves friendly elves]] in the USA. In the Netherlands, the black companians are nowadays portrayed as St. Nicholas' friends and employees. Note that in several countries in Europe, Sinterklaas and Santa Claus are now considered two entirely different characters, each with their own elaborate holiday. It should also be noted that his transition from badass Greek saint to "jolly old elf" was influenced by another winter gift-giver: Odin. Yes, for some reason, in pre-Christian Europe, the king of the gods would sneak into people's houses on the Winter Solstice and leave gifts for the children, who were expected to leave carrots or oats for Odin's eight-legged horse Sleipnir. During the Christianizing of Europe, this was merged with the story of St. Nicholas giving a father some gold so he wouldn't sell his daughters into prostitution. And that's where Santa comes from.



Officially, Santa delivers presents only to the children who have been good. Naughty children get the BoringButPractical gift of coal, which they can burn in the furnace for warmth over the winter; not as raw a deal as it might seem to those of us who no longer burn coal ourselves[[note]]And lives on in the form of still giving kids who don't deserve toys practical items like tube socks[[/note]]. In even older traditions, he carried a bag of switches for whipping the naughty children. In the Netherlands and Belgium, ''{{Sinterklaas}}'' is famously accompanied in his work by a servant named [[ScaryBlackMan Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)]], which tends to cause headaches with foreigners unfamiliar with the tradition and quite aware of the UnfortunateImplications he represents. (Note that in the Dutch tradition, there is no racist connotation ''whatsoever'' to dressing up as a jolly blackface servant and threatening to beat people up. Seriously.)[[note]]Perhaps not anymore. According to the Associated Press, the 2013 Sinterklass festival in Amsterdam [[http://globalnews.ca/news/971642/protest-against-dutch-holiday-tradition-that-has-santas-helpers-resemble-slaves/ drew protestors]] saying Black Pete was a blatant racist caricature that should be banned.[[/note]] Zwarte Piet himself is a softening of an even earlier tradition in which Saint Nicholas used the services of an enslaved devil. Austria and southern Germany have TheKrampus instead. Many other cultures that still look to Santa Claus as an actual saint still include this devil or imagine Santa Claus as doing battle with the devil on Christmas Eve, leading to even ''more'' strange reactions from foreigners who wonder what Satan himself is doing in, say, a children's Christmas film.

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Officially, Santa delivers presents only to the children who have been good. Naughty children get the BoringButPractical gift of coal, which they can burn in the furnace for warmth over the winter; not as raw a deal as it might seem to those of us who no longer burn coal ourselves[[note]]And lives on in the form of still giving kids who don't deserve toys practical items like tube socks[[/note]]. In even older traditions, he carried a bag of switches for whipping the naughty children. In the Netherlands and Belgium, ''{{Sinterklaas}}'' ''UsefulNotes/{{Sinterklaas}}'' is famously accompanied in his work by a servant named [[ScaryBlackMan Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)]], which tends to cause headaches with foreigners unfamiliar with the tradition and quite aware of the UnfortunateImplications he represents. (Note that in the Dutch tradition, there is no racist connotation ''whatsoever'' to dressing up as a jolly blackface servant and threatening to beat people up. Seriously.)[[note]]Perhaps not anymore. According to the Associated Press, the 2013 Sinterklass festival in Amsterdam [[http://globalnews.ca/news/971642/protest-against-dutch-holiday-tradition-that-has-santas-helpers-resemble-slaves/ drew protestors]] saying Black Pete was a blatant racist caricature that should be banned.[[/note]] Zwarte Piet himself is a softening of an even earlier tradition in which Saint Nicholas used the services of an enslaved devil. Austria and southern Germany have TheKrampus instead. Many other cultures that still look to Santa Claus as an actual saint still include this devil or imagine Santa Claus as doing battle with the devil on Christmas Eve, leading to even ''more'' strange reactions from foreigners who wonder what Satan himself is doing in, say, a children's Christmas film.
22nd Jan '16 8:42:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the song "The Wonderful Kingdom of Claus" by BobRivers and Twisted Radio on their album "I Am Santa Claus," [[OffToSeeTheWizard Dorothy and Toto]] visit the mall to meet Santa Claus, only to be at first turned away by his elves. Dorothy says that she has a gold card and the elf comments "That's a card of a different color!" and lets her in. She and Toto are met by a booming voice declaring himself to be Santa Claus, but it is eventually revealed to be a skinny guy. He explains that Mrs. Claus put him on the [=SlimFast=] diet. "I used to have a belly that shakes like a bowl-ful of jelly. Now I just have shakes. One for breakfast, one for lunch, and a sensible skim milk and cookie for dinner. I can't stand it." He reveals that he and the elves no longer make toys at his workshop at the North Pole because they got undercut by the malls, and so he's just a middle-man who delivers toys now. He and his elves then launch into a parody of "If I only had a brain." "We thought we made it all, from Barbie dolls to rubber balls / But Betsy-Wetsy took a fall. / They marked her down! / She's at the mall!" After the song ends, Dorothy laments his fate, but just then a savior shows up, hooking Santa up with a fax machine and pager (yeah, it's pretty dated, though the package does also include a cellular phone with voice messaging) Santa and his operation are saved, and Dorothy and Toto are left to lament how now he'll easily be able to check up on who's naughty and who's nice.

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* In the song "The Wonderful Kingdom of Claus" by BobRivers Music/BobRivers and Twisted Radio on their album "I Am Santa Claus," [[OffToSeeTheWizard Dorothy and Toto]] visit the mall to meet Santa Claus, only to be at first turned away by his elves. Dorothy says that she has a gold card and the elf comments "That's a card of a different color!" and lets her in. She and Toto are met by a booming voice declaring himself to be Santa Claus, but it is eventually revealed to be a skinny guy. He explains that Mrs. Claus put him on the [=SlimFast=] diet. "I used to have a belly that shakes like a bowl-ful of jelly. Now I just have shakes. One for breakfast, one for lunch, and a sensible skim milk and cookie for dinner. I can't stand it." He reveals that he and the elves no longer make toys at his workshop at the North Pole because they got undercut by the malls, and so he's just a middle-man who delivers toys now. He and his elves then launch into a parody of "If I only had a brain." "We thought we made it all, from Barbie dolls to rubber balls / But Betsy-Wetsy took a fall. / They marked her down! / She's at the mall!" After the song ends, Dorothy laments his fate, but just then a savior shows up, hooking Santa up with a fax machine and pager (yeah, it's pretty dated, though the package does also include a cellular phone with voice messaging) Santa and his operation are saved, and Dorothy and Toto are left to lament how now he'll easily be able to check up on who's naughty and who's nice.
19th Jan '16 4:28:09 PM FF32
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* ''Webcomic/{{Whomp}}'' reveals that he is the DisappearedDad of Ronnie that has only recently tried to reconnect with him. Ronnie is also noted to have inherited some of Santa's magical abilities.
28th Dec '15 8:33:46 AM Mdumas43073
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* Santa's modern-day appearance, at least for those in the U.S., as a plump white-bearded man in a red suit was largely codified by a series of print advertisements for Coca-Cola illustrated by Haddon Sundblom from the 1930s through the '60s.

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* Santa's modern-day appearance, at least for those in the U.S., as a plump white-bearded man in a red suit was largely codified by a series of print advertisements for Coca-Cola illustrated by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haddon_Sundblom Haddon Sundblom Sundblom]] from the 1930s through the '60s.
28th Dec '15 8:32:13 AM Mdumas43073
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* Santa's modern-day appearance, at least for those in the U.S., as a plump white-bearded man in a red suit was largely codified by a series of print advertisements for Coca-Cola illustrated by Haddon Sundblom from the 1930s through the '60s.
28th Dec '15 8:25:10 AM Mdumas43073
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An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was an AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Christmas holiday itself, particularly of the feasting and drinking, and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.

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An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now basically considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was an AnthropomorphicPersonification of the Christmas holiday itself, particularly of the itself (particularly its feasting and drinking, drinking aspects), and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.
28th Dec '15 8:23:49 AM Mdumas43073
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An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, particularly of the feasting and drinking, and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.

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An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was an AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, the Christmas holiday itself, particularly of the feasting and drinking, and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.
28th Dec '15 8:23:00 AM Mdumas43073
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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 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'').



An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was an incarnation of Christmas, particularly of the feasting and drinking, and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.

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An additional note: in the UK and Australia, Santa Claus is often called "Father Christmas" (such as in the C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien examples above). Although Santa Claus and Father Christmas have picked up many attributes from each other, and are now considered the same person, they were originally distinct characters. Father Christmas was an incarnation AnthropomorphicPersonification of Christmas, particularly of the feasting and drinking, and wore a robe rather than the suit that Santa Claus wears. He was considered to be as old as the first Christmas (unlike St. Nicholas who lived in the fourth century)[[note]]As Wiccans will be happy to tell you, he may even be older than that, as the Yule Father, the dating is ambiguous though[[/note]]. Examples of Father Christmas from before his merger with Santa Claus can be found in the Ghost of Christmas Present in ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' by Dickens, and in the traditional plays of English {{Mummers}}.
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