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"Who keeps his red suit looking nice?
Who does he turn to for advice?
Who gives the brownies all their spice?
Mrs. Santa Claus."
Nat King Cole, "Mrs. Santa Claus"

The wife of Santa Claus in many stories. She's often portrayed as a kind, elderly matron who helps her husband and the elves in various ways, whether it's cooking delicious meals (possibly the reason given why Santa is so fat), or even helping supervise the toy factory.

Her origins are as varied as those of her husband. For example, a first name is rarely ever mentioned, and if one is, no two stories agree on it (though it's quite common for people to jokingly claim it's Mary Christmas). Yet regardless of how she begins, she usually ends up as a Granny Classic. Usually she's short and plump like her husband, but sometimes she will be tall and thin for an Inversion of Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa.

Her outfit is typically a red and white version of the classic granny dress. Sometimes the red is replaced with green, to complement her husband's outfit and complete the Christmas theme. Sometimes she will wear a Happy Holidays Dress, but almost never a Sexy Santa Dress (unless she is crossed with Silver Vixen). Still, ladies who are merely dressing as Mrs. Claus will often wear those dresses when paired with a guy dressed as Santa, especially a Mall Santa.


Compare Cool Old Lady, Fairy Godmother.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • As the story primarily takes place in Christmas Town, Mrs. Claus gets a slightly bigger role in The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey than the original film. She helps with the Christmas Eve feast, and Santa toasts his gratitude to her.

    Comic Books 
  • Mrs. Kringle from Jingle Belle is a notable exception from the Granny Classic archetype (something which is occasionally lampshaded in the comic). She's an elf queen who prefers aristocratic garments to aprons.

    Films — Animation 
  • Imelda Staunton plays the role in Arthur Christmas as a hyper-competent organizer who handles the political end of the Santa Claus operation (she mentions a "treaty with Greenland").
  • In Klaus, she's a Posthumous Character named Lydia. Klaus explains that he started making toys because they wanted a big family, but they never had children before she died. It's strongly implied that the strange way that the wind acts around Klaus is Lydia's spirit guiding him. In the Distant Finale he follows the wind into the woods, intending to join Lydia, and disappears. Somehow this results in him actually becoming the magical version of Santa Claus.
  • Mrs. Claus is briefly seen in the background at one point in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Even though she's visible for a few seconds at best, the animators still had to trim her ears out of fear that it looked like Santa had married an elf.

    Films — Live-Action 


    Live-Action TV 

  • Nat King Cole's "Mrs. Santa Claus" pretty much defines the character.
    "Who reads the notes from girls and boys?
    Turns in the order for their toys?
    Fills every heart with wondrous joys?
    Mrs. Santa Claus."
  • The narrator of "Santa's Got a Brand New Bag" by SHeDAISY is clearly gunning for this role.
  • Mrs. Claus is mentioned in "The Night Santa Went Crazy" by "Weird Al" Yankovic. Now that Santa is in jail, she spends all her time on the phone with her lawyer, negotiating the movie rights.

    Comic Strips 
  • Peanuts:
    • In one arc, Sally thinks that Santa Claus is a Mrs. Claus, named Samantha Claus. Charlie Brown teases Sally at one point, asking, "Does Samantha Claus say 'Ho, ho, ho,' or does she just smile daintily?"
    • In another arc, after Sally asks Charlie Brown a lot of questions about Santa before writing her letter (like if he has a middle initial or a title) she decides she wants to write to Mrs. Claus instead of Santa, and Charlie Brown says that he thinks her name is "Mary Christmas". Sally is intrigued.
      Congratulations on deciding to keep your own name.


    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Deep 7 role-playing game Santa's Soldiers, Mrs. Claus is the grandmotherly-appearing and very deadly head of the the paramilitary elf branch. No-one knows her true story, no-one wants to ask. And should you cross her, she will "kick your jingly elf ass from one end of the workshop to the other."
  • In the card game Letters to Santa (a re-themed version of Love Letter), the second-highest card is "Mrs. Clause". (This card must be discarded if you also hold either an "Elf" or "Toys" card.)

  • Peter Fenton’s Maureen Gaines Claus, wife of Santa Claus, in See Amid the Winter Snow defies much of the normal tropes of Mrs. Claus and takes inspiration from Hillary Clinton. Here, she’s the Mayor of the North Pole seeking re-election and is arguably as powerful as her husband — though she retains her reputation in the world outside the North Pole as just “Santa’s wife”.

    Theme Parks 
  • In the Christmas parade at Disneyland, Mrs. Claus is in charge of the mail room where the letters to Santa come in.

    Video Games 
  • Mrs. Claus is summonable item in both Scribblenauts games. While she doesn't give out presents like her husband, during the level in the first game where you have to "return the favor to Santa" (by giving him something he likes as a gift), she is a solution. D'aww.
  • The Holiday packs for The Sims 2 has a Mrs. Claus dress that is trimmed with white fur, thus is decorated enough to count as a Happy Holidays Dress.
  • In Saints Row IV, Mary Claus is part of the Christmas DLC missions. You can even unlock her as a homie.

    Web Comics 
  • Appears in Sluggy Freelance. She takes over from Santa when he's infected by alien DNA, including battling Bun-Bun with twin Uzis. She is also taken hostage by Bun-Bun during the Holiday Wars arc, and eventually helps trick him into using the Deus Egg Machina.

    Western Animation 
  • In the action cartoon Super Santa (from Nickelodeon's Oh Yeah! Cartoons series), the super-powered Santa is paired with Emma Claus, named after Emma Peel of The Avengers (1960s), who wears a Spy Catsuit under her more typical matronly robes.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, her name is Nancy, and she and Santa are old friends with Grim. She enlists him, Billy and Mandy's help when Santa is turned into a vampire right before Christmas. She's actually the one who did it, as she's the Head Head Vampire and was annoyed at him for leaving her with most of the work. She's Easily Forgiven at the end, as apparently this has happened before.
  • In the Show Within a Show KISS Saves Santa, seen in the first Christmas Episode of Family Guy, Mrs. Claus is seen dispensing kindly advice to KISS before they go rescue Santa from pterodactyls.
    • She also appears in a few Cutaway Gags, including one where Santa mocks her about not getting letters like he does. She's also Discussed in one Christmas Episode where Stewie believes that she has eating disorder, since Santa could get any woman he wants and she knows it.
  • Played by Betty White in the Prep and Landing spin-off short "Operation: Secret Santa." She asks Wayne and Lanny to sneak into Santa's office while he's napping and take something from her, which turns out to be a simple toy wheel. It came from the first toy Santa ever made. She had tracked down the other pieces and put it back together for him as a present.
  • Betty White also plays her in The Story of Santa Claus. Her name is Gretchen, and "Santa" is initially her pet name for her husband Nicholas Claus, because of his saintly kindness. A running theme throughout the special is that Nicholas, in his attempts to do good, keeps messing things up for them and others, but she stands by him regardless. She also advises Aurora, a brainy elf child who helps Santa in their mission, to appreciate Cloud Cuckoo Lander Clement, whose weird ideas help establish numerous Christmas traditions.
  • She appears in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as a vaguely European dark-haired woman who urges Santa to eat ("whoever heard of a skinny Santa?!"), and who criticizes him for not appreciating the elves' singing.
  • In the Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Special, Alvin has given away his prized "Golden Echo Harmonica" to a sick boy, and now needs to raise money for a replacement, so he can play it at Carnegie Hall. (He is afraid, incorrectly, that Dave will get mad at him if he finds out.) He fails, and is moping at the department store when a kindly old lady who is "very far from home" buys it for him, only asking for a song in return. The last scene reveals that she was actually Mrs. Claus.
  • In an Animated Christmas Episode of The Nanny, Fran has a dream where she meets Santa Claus (Max). He told her that, while he's real, Mrs. Claus isn't.
  • She's the star of The Year Without a Santa Claus (or at least the First-Person Peripheral Narrator), a special where she's trying to help her husband get motivated. She's also the one who takes Iggy, Jingle and Jangle to see Snow Miser and Heat Miser.
  • She's actually given an origin in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, one of the few specials that portrays Santa as a young man. Named Jessica, she's a Schoolmarm who initially supports Burgermeister Meisterburger's ban on toys, but quickly defrosts when Kris presents her with the china doll that she always wanted as a child. When he, the Kringles and the Winter Warlock are imprisoned she breaks them out (empowering the flying reindeer in the process) and goes on the run with them.


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