THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SANTA CLAUS!

1. THE ORIGINAL SANTA CLAUS, SAINT NICHOLAS WAS BISHOP OF MYRA IN ANATOLIA (MODERN DAY TURKEY), AROUND 270 AD AND HAD A REPUTATION FOR SECRETLY GIVING GIFTS TO THOSE IN NEED!

2. SANTA’S SUIT WAS ORIGINALLY GREEN BEFORE THE COLOUR RED WAS USED IN PAINTINGS AND FAMOUSLY USED IN COCA-COLA’S ADVERTISEMENTS!

3. SANTA CLAUS HAS DIFFERENT NAMES ACROSS THE WORLD INCLUDING: SAINT NICHOLAS, ST NICK, FATHER CHRISTMAS, BLACK PETER, KRIS KRINGLE, PERE NOEL, LA BEFANA, SINTERKLAAS AND JUST SIMPLY SANTA.

4. SANTA CLAUS HAS NINE REINDEER IN TOTAL INCLUDING: RUDOLPH, DASHER, DANCER, PRANCER, VIXEN, COMET, CUPID, DONNER AND BLITZEN! RUDOLPH, THE MOST FAMOUS OF SANTA’S REINDEER IS THE LATEST RECRUIT, HAVING JOINED THE TEAM IN 1939.

5. SANTA CLAUS WAS A BACHELOR UNTIL AROUND 1849 WHEN A SPOUSE (MRS CLAUS) WAS MENTIONED IN A SHORT STORY, ‘A CHRISTMAS LEGEND’ BY JAMES REES.

6. COCA-COLA WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO USE AN IMAGE OF SANTA CLAUS FOR PROMOTIONAL AND ADVERTISING PURPOSES IN THE EARLY 1930’S, DESIGNED BY ARTIST, HADDON SUNDBLO.

7. SANTA HAS 31 HOURS TO DELIVER ALL HIS PRESENTS TO CHILDREN ACROSS THE WORLD (THANKS TO THE TIME ZONE DIFFERENCES). SANTA HAS TO TRAVEL ROUGHLY 510,000,000 KM ON CHRISTMAS EVE, TRAVELLING AT 10,703,437.5KM/HR, OR ABOUT 1,800 MILES PER SECOND, ALL NIGHT WITHOUT STOPPING IN ORDER TO DELIVER ALL HIS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.

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