With the days zooming by the big day will soon be here. In celebration of the festive season, we aim the spotlight at a very important character who is due to be extremely busy at this time of year.
We've curated the top 10 fun festive facts about Father Christmas. Yule won’t believe some of these sensational seasonal Santa stats!
Father Christmas, Santa Claus, St Nicholas - what do you know of him?
First thing's first - his name.
Being a world famous megastar, children all over the world know him of course. In the UK, he is known traditionally as Father Christmas or Santa Claus. But did you know there are lots of other names given to him all over the globe?
Here are a few examples:
In Brazil he is known as ‘Papai Noel’.
Children know him as ‘Dyado Koleda’ or ‘Grandfather Christmas’ in Bulgaria.
Sheng dan lao ren is the name given to Santa in China or ‘Old Christmas Man’.
In Denmark he is referred to as ‘Christmas Man’ or ‘Julemanden’.
Over in Egypt he is affectionately called ‘Baba Noël’.
The children of France know the man in red as ‘Père Noël’.
In Russia his name translates to ‘Grandfather Frost’ or ‘Ded Morez’.
Finally children in Italy lovingly call ‘Santa Claus’ ‘Babbo Natale’.
He is a lot older than you think, but certainly doesn’t look it!
So how old exactly is Father Christmas?
According to legend, Father Christmas is over 1000 years old! He uses Christmas magic to keep him looking so spritely and youthful.
Ho-Ho-Home Sweet Home
So where does Father Christmas live throughout the year? Making presents, checking his lists and generally getting organised for Christmas Eve?
Of course Father Christmas lives in the North Pole.
Santa’s little helpers
Getting all those presents ready is a HUGE job. Surely he has plenty of help to get him organised?
Yes he certainly needs all the help he can get! Father Christmas is helped by Mother Christmas, all of the elves and of course his faithful reindeer.
It’s not all about Rudolph…
Can you remember how many reindeer it takes to pull Father Christmas’ magic sleigh on Christmas Eve?
Father Christmas has 8 reindeer. In fact 9 including Rudolph. The others are called: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.
Where his journey begins
On a cold Christmas eve night, Father Christmas needs to plan his route well. According to NORAD, Father Christmas traditionally visits the South Pacific first, then onto New Zealand and Australia. Then it’s Japan, over to Asia, across to Africa then onto West Europe, Canada, United States, Mexico and finally Central and South America (phew!).
Did you know you can actually track Father Christmas on his travels on Christmas Eve. santatracker.google.com/intl/en/village.html or noradsanta.org/
On Christmas eve, Father Christmas will travel an estimated 510,000,000 km. That’s about 1,800 miles per second! (3)
Naughty or Nice?
Assuming there are approximately 3 children per household, Father Christmas will have to make 233,000,000 stops during his travels around the world.
Treats for the workers
Travelling all that way delivering presents sounds like hungry and thirsty work! Good job Father Christmas is kept well fed and watered on his way around the world.
Here are some examples of treats left by Children for Father Christmas and his reindeer:
Cookies and milk for Santa. Carrots and oats for reindeer (US)
Nice cold beer (Australia)
Rice Pudding (Denmark)
Carrots, hay and water for Sinterklaas’ horse in Netherlands.
Handwritten letters (Germany)
Mince Pies and Sherry (UK)
Hay and water for the reindeer (Argentina)
Pan de pascua - a spongy rich cake flavoured with rum, dried fruit and nuts (Chile) (2)
Poor Father Christmas might suffer from a bit of indigestion after eating all those festive goodies. It has been estimated he will consume around 71,764,000,000 calories in total throughout the night! (3)
So there you have it boys and girls - the magic of Christmas well and truly shared.
Good old Father Christmas will be loading up his sleigh and getting his reindeer ready very soon for their annual Christmas eve flight. When you open your presents on Christmas morning, give a little nod of appreciation to Father Christmas and his magic.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers and friends the warmest of Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year!