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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"
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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.

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Examples

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    Advertising 
  • A 2016 ad for British department store chain Marks and Spencer features Mrs. Claus receiving a gift request from a young boy, and visiting his house to deliver the package on Christmas Eve via helicopter. She also helps Santa get ready for his main flight.
  • A series of Audi commercials has Santa in a red Audi being led by eight white Audis. In a more recent spot, Santa stops at at a home to unloard as a little girl looks out the window expectantly. Santa is searching for something but can't find it, to which the girl becomes crestfallen. Up drives Mrs. Claus to save the day as she brings the puppy the girl wanted which Santa plumb forgot.

    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.
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    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Santa Clause reveals that there's also "The Mrs. Clause," a rule which requires Santa to have a wife within five years of getting the job. Somehow nobody remembers this until Scott only has a month left to marry or lose his powers. He winds up hitting it off with the principal of Charlie's school.
  • Santa Claus: The Movie started with Santa's origin, in which Mrs. Claus was already his wife before they were given their new roles.
  • Angela Lansbury plays Mrs. Claus in the film Mrs. Santa Claus. She flies off to New York City in 1910, boards with a Jewish family and becomes involved in causes like child labor and woman's suffrage.
  • She appears at the beginning of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians during the live newscast from Santa's workshop at the North Pole.
    • This is actually the first appearance of Mrs. Claus in a movie or TV show.
  • In the 1966 Italian Christmas film Il natale che quasi non fu (aka The Christmas That Almost Wasn't), she's one of the film's main characters who joins her husband on his Christmas Eve delivery. She's later seen reading a letter Phineas T. Prune sent to Santa when he was a child wishing for a Sailboat for Christmas. The letter was accidentally misplaced and never processed causing Prune to develop a disdain for Christmas and children in general.
  • In Scrooged she appears in the Show Within a Show film The Day the Reindeer Died, as the type of old woman you don't want to mess with. (The same movie has a Badass Santa too.)

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    Music 
  • 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.

    Radio 

    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.)

    Theatre 
  • 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 & 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 in order for it to snow in Dixie (to make the citizens and mayor believe in Santa Claus again) and Spring in the North Pole (to help her husband recover from a cold). While the Miser Brothers are against this idea, Mother Nature decides to kindly force them on making this happen by summoning lightning as a warning to them.
  • 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.
  • Ready Jet Go!: In "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace", Jet, who is playing Santa, casts Sydney as Mrs. Claus in the Christmas pageant. During said pageant, Mrs. Claus accompanies Santa in delivering toys.

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