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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santas around the globe

How many different names can you list for Santa Claus?

  • In the United States and Canada his name is Santa Claus
  • He flies through the sky in a sleigh pulled by eight reindeer.
  • Mrs. Claus' full name is Jessica Mary Claus.
  • Her mother picked her middle name after Mary mother of Jesus.
  • In England his name is Father Christmas.
  • He looks much like Santa Claus, but he has a longer coat and a longer beard.
  • In Wales (a principality in the United Kingdom), Santa is called Sion Corn
  • this translates as Chimney John" relating to the story that Santa comes down the chimney of each house to bring his gifts to the children within.
  • France and Canada, he's known as Pere Noel.
  • In Brazil and Peru, he's called Papai Noel.
  • In Germany. children get presents from Christkind
  • , the Christ Child on the 24th of December. Also, in Germany St. Nikolaus and his helpers Knecht Ruprecht and Krampus come on the 6th of December. Krampus brings coal or a wooden stick to the children that have not been good, Knecht Ruprecht brings mostly cookies, nuts and a small toy to the good children. German version of Santa who carries a switch to beat the bad children. In Germany, Father Christmas can also be called der Weihnachtsmann.
  • In Poland, Santa is "Gwiazdor" ("star man") -- for the North Star.
  • He visits children on Christmas Eve, bringing presents. The Christmas Eve meal begins once the first star is seen.  "Swiety Mikolaj" (Saint Nicholas) was a cardinal in the Catholic Church, he visits children on December 6th and he brings presents, mostly sweets, which he leaves in children clean (it is very important) shoes.
  • In Costa Rica, Colombia, and parts of Mexico, the gift bringer is El Nino Jesus, "the infant Jesus."
  • In Puerto Rico, children receive gifts from the Three Kings on January 6th. Each child puts grass under their bed for the camels and in the morning the grass is replaced with gifts.
  • In Jultomten or Tomten, Sweden. Jultomten
  • visits in the evening before Christmas day, pulling a big bag of julklappar (Christmas presents) in the deep snow.
  • På norsk (in Norwegian) "Julenissen"
  • arrives on the evening of the 24th. In the Netherlands, he is called Kerstman. He flies through the sky with his reindeers and puts gifts under the Christmas tree on the 25th of December. De Kerstman lives in Finland. His counterpart "Sinterklaas" is another saint, who is celebrated on the 5th of December. Sinterklaas comes back every year from his home in Spain by steamboat, together with him are a whole group of "zwarte pieten" who help him while he's riding on the roofs - distributing gifts through the chimney.
  • In Finland, he is called Joulupukki
  • Home is in Lapland in the north part of Finland called Korvatunturl. Also in Finland, the Swedish-speaking Finns (finlandssvenskar) call him Julgubben.
  • In Spain, he is known as Los Reyes Magos: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar
  • the children the night of January 5th put their shoes under the Christmas tree and have presents from the Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar). Santa Claus is called Papa Noel and there are children who have presents both days on December 25th (from Papa Noel) and on January 6th (from the Three Kings).
  • In Russia, he is called Grandfather Frost or Ded Moroz or Dedushka Moroz
  • Also, there is Babooska the person who was searching for Christ the night he was born. She spoke to the Three Wise Men or Three Kings on their way to find him, they offered their company to her. But she replied I am too old, so the Three Men went on without her and she set search the following day but the "King" had gone from his birth place and when Babooska heard the news she decided to give her presents for Christ to the childern in her country Russia every year on the 13th of Dec to make them happy.
  • He is also called Kriss Kringle.
  • Kris Kringle is a varation of Christkindl. When Martin Luther was doing his reformation of the church. He was upset that Santa was the main person of Christmas, (over shadowing Jesus). Knowing better than to get rid of the well known gift bringer, He said Santa accompanies the christ child (Christkindl in German). Christkindl became known as Kriss Kingle.
  • He is also called St. Nick.
  • Karácsony Apó, is Santa in Hungarian.
  • In Italy, he is called Babbo Natale.
  • Also, they recieve their presents on January 6th from the gift bringer an old lady called Befana.
  • In Morocco or Liberia he is known as Black Peter,
  • St Nick's helper which originates from
  • In China, he is called Shengdan Laoren.
  • In Denmark they call him, Julemand.
  • In Hong Kong, he is known as Sing dan lo ian, in Cantonese.
  • In Slovenia, they call him Bozicek.
  • In Latvia Santa Claus is called Ziemmassve'tku veci'tis.
  • In Uruguay he is called Papá Noel.
  • In Lithuania he is called Kaledu Senis.
  • In Portugal, Santa Claus is known as Pai Natal.
  • He brings presents on Christmas Eve. However, the portuguese tradition says the presents in that night are brought by the Newborn Jesus "Menino Jesus".
  • In Estonia he is called Jouluvana.
  • In Ireland he is called Santa Claus and children abbreviate this to just Santy.
  • Many children in the Hindu religion receive gifts from their god Ganesha during the Holiday Season.
  • In Austria, children get presents from Christkindl, the Christ Child on the 24th of December.
  • In Greece, Santa Claus is called "Aghios Vassilis"
  • and he comes on the night of 31st December leaving the presents under the tree for the children to find them on New Year's Day.
  • In Hawaii, Santa Claus is known as Kanakaloka.
  • In Armenian, Santa Clause is Gaghant Baba and he brings presents to all the good girls and boys.
  • The name for Santa in Yugoslavia is Deda Mraz.
  • In Croatia, he is called Bozicnjak..
  • In Bulgaria they call him Diado Coleda.
  • In El Salvador,
  • Santa Claus brings gifts on Christmas Eve to those children who are well behaved. People get together with the family, children go to bed and find a gift on December 25th.
  • In Urdu he is called Baba Christmas..
  • In Romania, Santa Claus is Mos Craciun
  • He comes on the night of the 24th of December bringing presents. Also, the night of the 5th of December is Mos Nicolae (St. Nicholas) puts candies in the good children boots or a stick in the bad ones.
  • Old Man Christmas - Chile and Finland
  • Sinter Klaas - Netherlands
  • Santa no ojisan - Japan
  • Weihnachtsman - Austria
  • Sveti Nickola - Serbia and Croatia
  • Kerstman - Holland
  • San Nicolas - Mexico
Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Chrismas-time.  
~Laura Ingalls Wilder


Tanya@takesix said...

So interesting, Marlis. I love the Puerto Rican custom with the 3 wise men. I've never heard that one before! Have a great day!

Priscilla said...

Lovely post, but I think you missed Switzerland! You can read about
Samichlaus and how he comes in a boat, as I told about on my blog.
My French mother used to put out her shoes for the 3 Wise Men on Epiphany (Jan. 6).

Kuby said...

Love the international take on Santa. Last year I embroidered a Current Santa on a pretty red plaid flannel... now to find it. Thanks for another wonderful post, Marlis

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Marlis, what a great post, I love the pictures of all the Vintage looking Santas. hugs ~lynne~

Sweetladyelaine said...

What a great post! I remember my mom not taking our Christmas tree down until after Jan 6.and telling us why; St Nick would come and put treasures in her shoes! She kept the tradition with us and I loved this tradition as a child! I started this with my daughter and hope she will continue the tradition when she has children.
Have a wonderful Christmas!
thank you for stopping by this afternoon. I anted to let you know we are Moving somewhere near O'Fallon, IL. We just had an offer on our house and our closing will be somewhere around Jan 17th. Next week I get to go house hunting!
Blessings My Friend,

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
This is a great post sweet friend.
I would like to thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
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Karena said...

Marlis how interesting, so many I did not know about!!

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French Basketeer.com said...

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The French Hutch said...

What a lovely post. This is all so interesting, learning about Santa from other cultures . Some I'm familiar with and some not. I love your Santa mosaic and the snow flakes are so perfect.
Hope your weekend is lovely.

The French Hutch


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