Tuesday, December 24

Where is Santa Claus?





When you were a kid, did you ever send a letter to Santa Claus together with your wish list?



Did you ever hang a stocking on Christmas Eve so you would find toys and candy when you woke up?



Did your parents warn you to be a good child or else Santa Claus won’t give you any presents?



All the things I mentioned above are customs that kids follow around Christmas Day. And they surround the mysterious man called Santa Claus.




Santa Claus or simply “Santa” is a fat and cheerful man with a long white beard and wearing a red coat. He is a very important symbol of Christmas. He is always seen carrying a bag full of gifts for children.


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Across different cultures, Santa is also known as:


(1) Saint Nicholas or Saint Nick

(2) Father Christmas

(3) Kris Kringle



Naughty or Nice?



Our modern beliefs of Santa have been popularized by the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” This song became an instant hit as soon as it was sung on a radio show in November 1934.



If you take a look at the lyrics of the song, you will find many different ideas about Santa:



You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list,
Checking it twice;
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

With little tin horns and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Goodness sake

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming to town
Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming to town

(Coming to town)
Santa's a busy man he has no time to play
He's got millions of stockings to fill on Christmas day
(Santa Claus is coming to town)
(Coming to town)
(Santa Claus is coming to town)
(Coming to town)



According to the song, Santa Claus makes a long list of all the children in the world. The children are divided into two types: (1) naughty or (2) nice, depending on how they behaved during the whole year before Christmas.



Then he prepares all the gifts for all the good kids around the world in his toy workshop together with his elves.






This is an elf. 



Cool Elf also does volunteer work in Santa's toy workshop.



On the single night of Christmas Eve, Santa flies all over the world with the help of his reindeer who pull his sleigh to deliver all the presents.







How to Send Your Letter to Santa



  • via Canada


The Canadian Post Office uses a special postal code for letters to Santa Claus. His address is:



Santa Claus, North Pole, Canada, H0H 0H0




  • via Finland


One Santa Claus version in Finland is called Joulupukki, which means “Christmas goat.” Every year, he receives over 600, 000 letters from over 198 different countries.



The Joulupukki lives in Korvatunturi in Lapland. Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland.


But the Santa Claus Main Post Office can be found exactly in the Arctic circle. His address is:



Santa Claus’ Main Post Office, Santa Claus Village,
FIN-96930 Arctic Circle




How to Find Santa



The NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) is a combined organization of the US and Canada. It provides airspace warning and defense for the whole of North America.



And every year during Christmas season, NORAD also launches its “Santa Tracker” to help the countless people excited to find Santa Claus.



According to NORAD, Santa usually begins his journey in the South Pacific Islands, first the Republic of Kiribati, then on to New Zealand and Australia.



The final country he visited last year was Hawaii.



Right now, because it’s still before Christmas, NORAD records Santa’s location in the North Pole. He is most probably preparing the gifts with his elf friends according to schedule.



This is the website where NORAD monitors Santa's progress.



Two days before Christmas, Santa's location is the North Pole. 



If you'd like to check Santa's location yourself, just visit NORAD's Santa Tracker website here: 





Of course it is on Christmas Eve, December 24, when the “Santa Tracker” works full force, following Santa as he flies across the world.





Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !









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