Santa Claus Facts that are for Kids only

Santa Claus is also known as St. Nickolas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle. 

Santa Claus was born in 270 AD. That means he is over 1,000 years old. 

It’s the magic of Christmas that keeps him alive and well.

According to the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” written by Clement Moore in 1823 Santa is described as a jolly old elf with cheeks like roses, his nose like a cherry and a little round belly

that shook when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly.

Santa has a white beard, a red suit with white cuffs and a black belt. 

He also wears a red hat with white trim and wears black boots.

According to legend Santa Claus lives at the north pole

with Mrs. Claus and his elves.

It is believed that Santa’s elves work all year long in

Santa’s workshop making toys for children all over the world.

Santa Claus is believed to bring gifts to all the good boys and girls

while they are sleeping on Christmas Eve (December 24th).

Throughout the year Santa Claus keeps 2 lists of

girls and boys, a good list and a naughty list.

Children on the naughty list

are believed to receive coal for Christmas.

So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night? Santa actually has almost two days to deliver the presents. 

How? While in one part of the world it is day,

in another part of the world it is night.

For example when it is 12:30PM (daytime)  

in New York it is 1:30AM (nighttime) in China. 

Santa will travel through

3 different time zones on Christmas Eve.  T

his gives him more time to deliver presents.

Santa will visit over 90 million homes on Christmas Eve.

So to deliver all the presents how fast does his sleigh have to go?

Santa’s sleigh travels at the speed of light. 

That is about 186,282.4 miles per second

or 671 million miles per hour!

Santa has 8 reindeer

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.

Rudolph is considered Santa’s 9th reindeer.

Rudolph was added to Santa’s reindeer team

 on one Christmas Eve during a bad snowstorm. 

Santa’s 8 reindeer could not see to fly through the storm. 

Rudolph with his glowing red nose

lit the way for Santa’s sleigh.

Did you know that before Rudolph lead the way for Santa’s sleigh he was made fun of by the other reindeer for being different? 

Rudolph was the only reindeer with the glowing nose.
So do all reindeer fly? No, in fact only Santa’s reindeer fly. 

Santa uses his Christmas Magic to make his reindeer fly.

Many children leave milk and cookies or other treats for Santa on Christmas Eve because he gets hungry

on his long journey of delivering presents but, did you know his reindeer get hungry too?

They do like carrots and apples.

 Did you know that if you write a letter to Santa and address it to the Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole and bring it to the post office Santa’s Christmas Magic will pick it up and get it to him.

So what does Santa do when Christmas is over? 

First he takes a short vacation with

Mrs. Claus down to Florida for some sunshine. 

After his vacation, he starts

getting toys ready for next Christmas. 

So remember to always be good because

you never know when Santa’s watching.


Mrs. Claus Facts for Kids

Mrs. Claus is the wife of Santa Claus. 

 Mrs. Claus is hundreds of years old.  Since she is the wife of Santa the magic of Christmas also  keeps her alive.

Mrs. Claus has been married to Santa for hundreds of years.

Mrs. Claus lives in the North Pole with Santa.

Mrs. Claus first name is believed to be Martha.

She is described as a pleasant, jolly woman with white hair, rosy cheeks and glasses.  She is known to be very kind and loving.

Mrs. Claus wears a heavy, thick red coat

to keep her warm at the North Pole.

Where Mrs. Claus lived before she moved to the North Pole is a bit of a mystery but she is believed to

come from a happy magical place.

Mrs. Claus takes care of all the elves.  

Since Mrs. Claus doesn’t have any children,

she treats all the elves like they are her children.

She teaches them right, from wrong, takes care of them when they are sick and makes each one feel special.

One of Mrs. Clause’s favorite activities is making cookies with the elves.They make chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies and other types of Christmas cookies. 

That’s why Santa is so chunky!

She also helps Santa go through his letters and

put them in alphabetical order.

She also double checks Santa’s naughty and nice list

to make sure there are no mistakes.

Mrs. Claus also makes sure that the elves take good care of the reindeer.  She loves all the reindeer very much.  

After Christmas Mrs. Claus takes a nice vacation with Santa.

When the vacation is over she helps

Santa plan for next year’s Christmas.


Christmas Facts for Kids

Christmas is an annual Christian holiday held on

December 25th celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Christmas trees are also known as the Yule-tree.
Christmas trees are evergreen trees,

usually either a fir tree, pine tree or spruce tree.

It is believed that decorating Christmas trees originated in 16th century Germany, when Christians

would bring decorated trees into their homes.

Some people say the Christmas season officially begins when Santa arrives at the end of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Did you ever wonder where X-Mas came from? X is a symbol for Christ in Greek, so to shorten

the word Christmas we sometimes use X-Mas.

In 1836 Alabama became the first state

in the US to declare Christmas a legal holiday.

Oklahoma became the last state

to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1907.

In June of 1870 Christmas became a federal holiday in the US.

Christmas trees were first decorated with

foods such as apples, nuts and dates.

In the  18th century Christmas trees began

being decorated with candles.

Electric Christmas tree lights were first used in 1895.

If you received all the gifts from the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” you would have 364 presents.

Do you know why we say the Twelve Days of Christmas?  It is believed that it took the 3 kings 12 days to find baby Jesus.

The song Jingle Bells was written by James Pierpont in 1857. 

It was originally called “One Horse Open Sleigh”

and was made for Thanksgiving.

Many years ago in England a traditional Christmas dinner included a pig head served with mustard.

The tradition of naughty children getting a lump of coal in their stocking comes from Italy.

Did you know that tinsel was once made of real silver! It was invented in Germany in 1610.

There are two islands named Christmas.  Christmas Island in the Pacific Ocean and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean.

The tallest Christmas tree ever displayed was in Seattle Washington in 1950.  The Christmas tree was 221 feet tall!

It is said that candy canes were invented by a candy maker in Indiana.  He wanted to use them to spread

the name Jesus around the world.

Santa Claus is also known as St. Nicholas, Father Christmas, Grandfather Frost and Kris Kringle.

Santa is believed to bring gifts to good girls and boys on the night before Christmas (December 24th).

There are 3 towns in the Us that are named Santa Claus. One in Georgia, one in Arizona and one in Indiana.

Santa Claus 8 eight reindeer are named: Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Donder Blitzen.

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