This is from The World of Christmas.net.

Here are some of the names of Santa Claus or Father Christmas.

Santa Claus is one of the most famous characters that is loved by children all over the world. He is known for giving gifts to good kids on Christmas Eve. He is also known as Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle, Santy or simply Santa. In many countries, kids, especially ‘in spirit’, believe Father Christmas as being real. Other names by which Father Christmas is known in other countries are:
  • Afghanistan – Baba Chaghaloo
  • Armenia – Gaghant Baba
  • Brazil – Papai Noel
  • Czech Republic – Ježíšek
  • Denmark – Julemanden
  • France and French Canada – Le Père Noël
  • Germany – Weihnachtsmann
  • Iraq and South Africa – Goosaleh
  • Ireland & Scottish Highlands – Daidí na Nollag
  • Italy – Babbo Natale
  • Portugal – Pai Natal
  • Romania – Mos Craciun
  • Spain and Mexico – Papá Noel
  • Netherlands and Belgium – Sinterklaas
Saint Nicholas or Kriss Kringle was a historical figure, believed to be the kind bishop of Turkey. He used to give presents to the needy, poor and good kids, just to make them smile. Thus, he became the subject of many folktales and mythical fantasies. With time, his image changes to the modern version of Santa Claus with a long white beard, red robes and red bonnet with white trimmings, a big round belly and a kindly cheerful smile on his face and sparkling eyes.He is believed to live at North Pole or Lapland in Finland along with his team of elves, reindeers and his wife, Mrs. Claus. Together, they keep a record of all good children all over the world and give them the requested presents near Christmas time. They make toys, cookies and even make miracles happen for them. With time, Santa became so popular that today he is used as a promotional tool for many shopping malls and stores during Christmas time to lure kids and their families. Santa loves children who are kind and obedient to their elders.

 

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