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10 Different names For Santa Clause From Around The World

The most well-known person in America, according to some, isn’t a well-known actor, pop singer, or athlete, but rather an enduring Christmas legend. That’s correct, we’re referring to Santa Claus, a legendary figure whose name is as well-known as his appearance—specifically, the long white beard that covers it. Additionally, Santa is completely recognizable because of his red suit, the bag of presents slung over his shoulder, and the fact that his go-to means of transportation is a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. With a few notable exceptions, of course, he may have a similar appearance everywhere, yet he goes by several very different names in other nations. He has various nicknames, some of which you are probably already familiar with.

1. Santa Claus

It is a common belief in the US that “Santa Claus” rides a reindeer-drawn sleigh around the globe wearing a red suit.

He leaves gifts under the Christmas tree for kids the night before Christmas (between December 24 and 25). Children frequently hang Christmas stockings beside the fireplace for Santa to fill with candy and other toys. Some families will leave him a snack to fuel his journey. Milk and cookies are frequently left in the US.

2. Father Christmas

English may be the common tongue between the United States and England, but as we all know, there are significant dialectal distinctions. The language gap is also noticeable during the holiday season when Brits welcome Father Christmas, sometimes known as Santa Claus. Nevertheless, Father Christmas truly derives from a very distinct collection of customs.

King Frost was the embodiment of winter created by the Germanic Saxons who arrived in England in the fifth and sixth centuries. And later, when the Vikings arrived, they brought their views about the Norse god Odin, who was famed for giving gifts to deserving individuals and was regarded as the father of all gods. Odin had a long white beard. Father Christmas was created using parts of King Frost, Odin, and other ancient figures when he first appeared in English folklore.

3. Père Noël / Papa Noël

On the evening of December 23 or the morning of December 25, Père Nol is the one who brings gifts to French households. In the east of France, he travels with Le Père Fouettard, a guy in black who is rumored to discipline children who misbehave. So you’d better be good!

4. Sinterklaas

You might be familiar with the Dutch term for Santa, Sinterklaas. The reason for this is that that is where the name “Santa Claus” originated. Saint Nicholas, known as Sinterklaas in Dutch, was a bishop who lived in the fourth century and was the patron saint of children and seafarers. The Netherlands has been honoring his feast day since the eleventh century. The legend of Saint Nick, who is claimed to have arrived by boat from Spain every year on December 5 to put gifts in the shoes of Dutch children, was one of the practices that Dutch settlers introduced to the United States.

5. Weihnachtsmann 

If you had trouble pronouncing Santa Claus in German, we wouldn’t be shocked!

With Nikolaustag or St. Nicholas Day, on December 6, the holiday season in Germany officially kicks off early. The children’s shoes, which are typically polished (they have to get in Santa’s good books somehow! ), are left by their front doors the previous evening. It is believed that St. Nicholas arrives at night and leaves gifts in the children’s shoes.

Das Christkind (Christ child) is believed in some regions of Germany to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Eve. Additionally, young people write to him before Christmas to ask for gifts. They even use sugar to adorn the envelopes for their letters!

Der Weihnachtsmann delivers gifts to youngsters in various regions of the nation. Christmas Eve has been the customary day for Germans to open their gifts.

6. Niño Jesús

In Latin America, as in Germany, there is a secular Santa, known as Papá Noel, as well as a religious Santa known as Nio Jess or Nio Dios, for those of the Christian religion. Similar to Christkind in Germany, Nio Jess, which is particularly well-liked in nations like Colombia, Bolivia, and Costa Rica, personifies the infant Jesus. But unlike the Germans, who finally transformed the young Jesus into an angelic kid, the Latin Americans are still dedicated to the original idea of a magical baby who brings gifts to virtuous boys and girls.

7. Babbo Natale

In Italy, some believe that Babbo Natale brings Christmas presents. Christmas Eve or Christmas morning is when Italian families open the gifts they have been saving since the beginning of December. It’s also said that on the evening of January 5, the witch La Befana makes her appearance, bringing with her little gifts, candies, and dried fruits that she hides in the socks of good kids.

8. Ded Moroz

Ded Moroz, which translates to “Grandfather Frost,” is the Russian term for Santa Claus. He is thought to be a descendant of Morozko, a pagan “ice monster” who froze his adversaries and kidnapped children. Ded Moroz, however, is thought to be a more benevolent figure who now bestows presents on youngsters. The tall, skinny figure wears blue, not red, and appears on New Year’s Eve, not Christmas Eve, so he looks and acts a little bit differently than other Santas. Ded Moroz’s granddaughter Snegurochka, an Elsa-like snow maiden, serves as his assistant instead of elves, and he also prefers to ride horses over reindeer.

9. Julenissen

As opposed to Santa Claus himself, Saint Nick resembles one of his elves in Norway. Because in Scandinavian legend, a “nisse,” a naughty gnome with a long beard and a red hat, is in charge of guarding superstitious farmers and their farmsteads, is the Norwegian Santa Claus, known by the name of Julenissen. Julenissen literally translates to “Christmas gnome” because “Jul” (like “Yule”) is the Norwegian term for Christmas. In addition to bringing gifts, he also pulls Christmas pranks! In Sweden and Denmark, he is known as Jultomte and Julemand, respectively, and is a comparable figure.

10. Święty Mikołaj 

In Poland, it is a common belief that Święty Mikołaj sends gifts that are opened following the Christmas Eve supper. In order to make the kids wait longer for the presents, the grownups will occasionally stretch out the dinner. Different traditions exist in some regions of Poland. Presents are brought by Dziadek Mróz (also known as Ded Moroz in Russia) in the east, while Gwiazdor (the starman) is thought to provide gifts in western and northern Poland.


So, whatever you might call that big old jolly guy you surely have to be good because he is making a list of who is naughty and nice.

Merry Christmas!


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