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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.
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.
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