The Ho Ho Ho Heard 'Round the World
The Story Behind the Gift Giving
Where did the name Santa Claus originated from?
A Sleigh Ride to the Finnish
In Finland, people call Santa Claus "Juulupukki".
In Hawaii, people call Santa Claus "Kanakolaka".
You and the Nice List Make a Great "Pere"
In Belgium, people call Santa Claus "Pere Noel".
Santa's Day Around the World
In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. St. Nicholas Day is on December 6. Some places he arrives in the middle of November and moves about the countryside, visiting schools and homes to find out if children have been good. Other places he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children's wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.
Where St. Nicholas is well known, his day, not Christmas, is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held the day before or on December 5th. People may leave shoes or stockings for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself.
Ho Ho Ho I'm hungry
Santa Claus is coming to town in just a few nights! He needs his energy to make the long trip around the world, and he’ll probably appreciate a snack on the road. Good old Kris Kringle probably gets bored of house after house of chocolate chip and milk, so why don’t you make something a little different for him this year? yummy!