Santa Claus is part of the children's universe, gives them confidence, security and emotional balance, and his myth, with a long and strong tradition, strengthens the family's values.
Even though his name and representations have changed over time, Santa Claus remains the most famous character associated with the great celebration of Christmas.
The myth of Santa Claus is based on a real character, Saint Nicholas, who became famous by giving gifts, giving money and generously helping the poor.
Once upon a time there was a man named Nicholas who gave food and gifts to poor or parentless children. That's why many people now dress like Santa Claus, to remember what Nicholas once did - we can explain to our children.
Important are these values, which inspire the little ones, and this is the spirit of Christmas.
1. How can Santa fight with Karate skills? Because he has a black belt.
2. How does Santa lift a frozen car? With the help of Jack Frost.
3. What do you say when Santa calls out your name for attendance? Present!
In northern culture, elves, or gnomes, once guarded man's house from evil spirits. They were loved, or hated, because although they behaved kindly, they could sometimes be bad if they were not treated properly.
In the Middle Ages, they waited for gifts rather than make them, and it was even said that they sometimes stole the gifts that Santa brought.
Only much later did the elves become friends and helpers of Santa Claus.
4. What is it called when Santa claps his hands? A Santapplause.
5. What is Santa's mother-tongue? North Polish.
6. What famous actress would Santa take up for a ride on his sleigh? Holly Hunter.
In the 16th century, St. Nicholas, the archetype of Santa Claus, a descendant of the spirits and elves who accompanied the procession of Hellequin, the savage hunter who kidnapped children and led the processions of death on winter nights, was celebrated in the Netherlands.
This Saint Nicholas, descendant of the elves, emigrated to America with the Dutch and the Nordic populations, in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Dutch are now calling Santa Claus Sinterklaas.
7. What would you call a kid who doesn't believe in Santa? A rebel without a Claus.
8. Where does Santa spend his holiday? In a ho-ho-hotel.
9. Who gives the best Christmas gifts to the cats and dogs? The Santa Paws.
The American character Santa Claus is also the figure being inspired by St. Nicholas himself.
In 1823, the poem “A visit from St. Nicholas ”, written by Clement Clarke Moore, is so popular that it is learned by heart by Americans.
The little poem also inspires Thomas Nast, the cartoonist of Harper's Illustrated Weekly, who in 1881 published a drawing of Santa Claus dressed in a suit adorned with black buttons and a leather belt.
10. Who gives the best Christmas presents in the dentist's office? Santa Jaws.
11. Why did Santa put a clock on the sleigh? He wanted to see time fly.
12. Why does Santa go down the chimney? Because it soots him well.
13. Why won't Santa stay sick for long? Because he has a private elf-care.
This way of illustrating Santa has been used for decades and has been the basis for the creation of his modern image.
Also Nast, in 1885, drew two children looking at a map of the world and following Santa's reindeer-drawn sleigh ride from the North Pole to the United States. From then on, it was assumed that the good old man would live there in the far north.
14. What are Santa's reindeer wranglers called? The Jolly Ranchers.
15. What are Santa Claus' little helpers who love grammar called? Subordinate Clauses.
16. What did Mrs Claus exclaim when she saw her husband put on his suit after a wet Christmas? "Your suit has rain, dear!"
In 1931, Santa Claus received a new look through a Coca-Cola advertising campaign that wanted to expand its market to children. And so Coca-Cola red and white became Santa's colors.
Cartoonist Haddon Sundblom depicted Santa Claus dressed in a red suit with a white beard, a plump belly and a jovial air and full of gifts for good children
The illustrations created by Haddon Sundblom created the most popular representation of Santa Claus and are still used today by the soft drink company in its advertising campaigns.
17. What do elves learn in school? Elf-abets.
18. What do you call Santa with a pet cat? Santa Claws.
19. What do you call Santa with a pet frog called? Santa and Mistletoad.
The British also adopted Santa Claus in the late 19th century and called him Father Christmas.
In France, Père Noël officially arrived only at the end of World War II, although characters who resembled it had already appeared a few decades earlier. Père Noël also comes to children from Belgium, and Santa Claus to Spain and Brazil.
In Norway the old man is called Julenissen, in Finland Joulupukki, and in Sweden he is Jultomten
The Polish old man is Svaty Mikalas, and the one from Hungary is Mikulás. In Italy, Santa Claus is called Babbo Natale and has become the symbol of the confectionery industry, and in Portugal he is called Pai Natal.
For the Japanese it was called Oji-San, or Santa-san, and the Chinese call it Sheng Dan Lao Ren.
20. What is a singer elf called? A wrapper.
21. What is a reindeer's opening line before telling a joke? This joke will surely sleigh you.
22. What is the name of Santa's least favorite Reindeer? Rude-olph.
23. What would an elf who won a Santa lottery be called? A welfy.
Almost a century ago, it was discovered that there are no reindeer at the North Pole. To find Santa a new home, Markus Rautio, a children's presenter for the Finnish national radio station, said Santa lives in Finland in the Lapland town of Rovaniemi (Joulupukki in Finnish) at the foot of Mount Ureche. where there are reindeer.
In his village here, Santa works all year with his elves and here he receives the letters that children from all over the world write.
But Santa doesn't answer the selfish children who only ask for toys in letters, and if you want an answer from Santa, write to him from the heart, one of his elves urges us. Santa also receives visitors here, and children can even enter Santa's Office and tell him their wishes.
24. Where do you find reindeers? It depends on where Santa leaves them.
25. Why did Santa's little helper stand in the corner? Because he had low elf esteem.
26. Why won't Santa go to a hospital? Because he has his own elf care made out of subordinate clauses.
27. Why would Mrs Claus get mad at Santa? Because she believed her husband was a flake.
It is said that Santa Claus spends all year in Lapland with his disciples, and as Christmas approaches, he takes his presents for those who have been good and sets off around the world with his magic sleigh pulled by nine reindeer that can fly: Vixen, Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donder, Prancer and Rudolf, the most famous of them.
When he was little, Rudolf was touched by the magic of Christmas and since then his nose is bright and red.
28. How does Santa measure on the metric system? With a Santameter.
29. What do you call Santa country? A place where nationality is Santa Claus.
30. What do you call Santa on a break? Santa pause.
31. What is red, white, and falling down the chimney? A Santa Klutz.
32. What is Santa's favorite breakfast? Frosted flakes.
But how does Santa manage to get to the homes of all the children in the world in one night? Simple. A long time ago, Santa Claus and his elves discovered a special formula, which they keep secret, of the magic dust for reindeer, which makes them fly.
This magic dust spreads over each reindeer shortly before they leave Lapland on Christmas Eve, and they can fly around the world all night.
33. What nationality is Santa Claus? North Polish.
34. What would Santa's favorite music be? Wrap.
35. What would Santa's favorite track and field event be? North pole-vaulting.
36. What would you call a poor Santa? Saint Nickel-less.
37. What would you get if Santa was crossed with Sherlock? Santa clues.
In Greenland there is a School of Santa Claus, whose graduates become licensed Santa Claus who help the original Santa because no matter how hard he tries, he still can't reach all the children in the world on his own.
Every year in July, in Denmark, is the World Congress of Santa Claus, where the authorized Santa Claus come from Greenland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States.
Santa Claus discusses here the approaching winter season, participates in a parade and has a swim in the sea, and on the last day of the Congress is designated Santa Claus of the Year, who will go to Lapland, in the village where Santa Claus lives .
38. Which singer does Santa love the most? Elf-is Presley.
39. Why can Santa Claus not enter an elevator? Because he is Claus-trophobic.
40. Why does Santa have a white beard? So that he can hide at the north pole.
No matter how busy it is during the year, every night on December 24, on Christmas Eve, Santa Claus slips through the chimney of the fireplace and leaves gifts for everyone in the boots under the decorated Christmas tree, tastes the milk and cakes left by the children and then leaves. back to cart.
But how did Santa slip on the basket? That's another story. The mystery that makes Christmas beautiful.
Merry Christmas, dear Bemorepanda friends!
41. How do you get a Christmas quacker? Cross Santa with a duck.
42. What's as big as Santa on a Christmas tree but weighs nothing? The shadow.
43. What does Santa put on his toast on Christmas? Jingle jam.
44. What do you call it if Santa stay at a beach on Christmas morning? Sandy Claus.
45. What would you say Christmas time is? A time when everyone gets Santamental.
46. What would you say if Santa was to move to the South pole on Christmas? Bi-polar.
47. Where do Christmas trees go to become movie stars? Holly-Wood.
48. Where does Father Christmas go to vote? The north poll-ing station
49. Who will bring teeth gifts during Christmas? Santa Floss.
50. What does Santa get if he eats Christmas decorations? He gets Tinsel-itis!