Some things you should know about Santa Claus before he stops at NoCo
My daughter is three years old and takes a keen interest in this strange, merry old man in a red suit that she hears all about, who came down from our fireplace on Christmas Eve and left her with a bunch of presents, assuming she eats all of her veg and stops pushing her little sister. But wait, we don’t have a fireplace. How does he get into our house?
Granted, there were a few times where I didn’t really know how to answer some of these questions, so I had to do a little more research and found some fun facts to share with you.
A few things you might not know about the man called Santa Claus.
For starters, did you know that Santa Claus is not his only name? For example, my wife is British and although she knows him as Santa Claus, she calls him “Santa Claus” more often. It’s a common British thing, much like what they call sledges “sleds”. I always make the joke that you don’t need a hammer to slide in the snow, but none of my in-laws find it funny.
Other nicknames include Kris Kringle, St. Nick or the good Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas himself was a real man born in the 3rd century in what would be today’s Turkey. He was a kind and generous monk, known as Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children. He was loved all over Europe, especially by the Dutch.
The Dutch translation of Saint Nicholas is Sint Nikkolaas, which was eventually shortened over time to Sinter Klaas. When the Dutch began to migrate to the United States in the late 1700s, guess who they took with him? The man, the myth and the legend finally called Santa Claus by the Americans. We tend to put our own twist on everything here, don’t we?
Santa Claus is known for his big red costume, but he wasn’t always red.
If you’ve heard that Santa Claus wears red because that’s the way Coca-Cola wanted it, you’re right. He wore outfits of all colors in popular culture before 1931, when the soda pop legend used it in advertising and put it in their signature red and white. Suffice to say that the campaign was successful and that’s pretty much how we’ve seen Santa Claus ever since.
Is Santa Claus really merry and happy all the time?
Living in the North Pole with a bunch of fun elves and an unlimited supply of milk and cookies at your disposal? He’s definitely happy all the time. And slightly overweight, possibly prediabetic.
How does the big old Santa Claus come down the chimney on Christmas Eve?
Magic, of course!
How does Santa Claus arrive to all the children in the world in one night and how do all those toys fit into his sleigh?
Magic, of course! Also, the time zones. As the world turns, he goes back an hour every few hundred miles as he travels around the world to deliver toys. This saves him extra time.
How do his reindeer fly and pull his sleigh around the world?
Magic, of course! Do you find the theme here? This can literally be your answer to all questions about Santa Claus. If you can’t explain it, it must be magic.
Can you tell where Santa is on Christmas Eve and when he will be arriving in northern Colorado?
As they say far from our north, maybe the North Pole, ‘you bet.’ This honor falls squarely under the oversight of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD, and based in our south in Colorado Springs. They have been tracking Santa Claus for over 60 years. I remember calling a phone number for updates when I was a kid. You can now follow his interactive Santa tracker on noradsanta.org or with their mobile application. Things have come a long way.
You can also listen to his workshop for free 365 days a year!
There is a microphone hidden in her workshop called “North Pole Live”, which is an Amazon Alexa skill. You can hear top secret conversations from elves, Santa making announcements and more. As long as Kids Skills are enabled on your device, just tell Alexa “Open North Pole Live” to listen.
The magic of Santa Claus transcends all generations and all ages.
Whether you are a year old or 92 years old, seeing, hearing or spending time with Santa is sure to delight you. Who doesn’t remember this adorable new toy he brought to you when you were 8 years old?