10 Famous Christmas Characters: Religious and Popular Figures

Updated on September 6, 2019
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Learn about 10 famous Christmas characters from both religious and popular traditions.
Learn about 10 famous Christmas characters from both religious and popular traditions. | Source

Christmas is the season to be jolly! It is a time of giving gifts and love to our family, our friends and even to our enemies. Our Christmas celebration will last until the end of December. Enjoy reading this list of Christmas characters, and Merry Christmas!

List of 10 Iconic Christmas Characters

  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Christmas Elves
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Scrooge
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Christmas Angels
  • Three Kings (Three Wise Men)
  • Godparents
  • Santa Claus
  • The Belén

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An ornament of the Little Drummer Boy.
An ornament of the Little Drummer Boy.
An ornament of the Little Drummer Boy. | Source

10. Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy is a famous character from a Christmas song composed by Katherine Davis that was originally known as "Carol of the Drum." Whenever we hear "pa rum pum pum pum," we immediately sing along.

This song reminds us that even if we don't have money or a gift to celebrate during this season, it is OK, and we are still happy as long as we have Jesus in our hearts and minds—just like in the lyrics:

"I am a poor boy,
I have no gift to bring,
That's fit to give the King,
I played my drum for Him,
I played my best for Him,
then He smiled at me."

The song and character became famous with the help of artists like The Jackson 5, who made their own version of "Little Drummer Boy."

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Elves are often depicted in red or green suits and pointed hats.
Elves are often depicted in red or green suits and pointed hats.
Elves are often depicted in red or green suits and pointed hats. | Source

9. Christmas Elves

The Christmas Elves are also known as Santa's Elves, and, according to legend, the elves live with Santa Claus in the North Pole and serve as his helpers. They make toys in his workshop, they organize things, they take care of his reindeer and sleigh, and they read the letters sent by children. Santa Claus cannot work alone, so the elves play an important role in making each Christmas Day a successful one.

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Frosty the Snowman is another character associated with a famous song.
Frosty the Snowman is another character associated with a famous song.
Frosty the Snowman is another character associated with a famous song. | Source

8. Frosty the Snowman

"Frosty the Snowman" is another famous song, and it was composed by Walter Rollins. This song reminds us to believe in fairy tales, since it describes a snowman, Frosty, being magically brought to life. Frosty brought joy to the local children and played with them. However, the sun was at its peak, and Frosty melted, but he told the children not to be sad and that he would come back again.

I know that some of us do not believe in fairy tales or magic anymore because of our age, but songs like this one remind us to always have hope in everything that we do.

Scrooge is a greedy miser from "A Christmas Carol."
Scrooge is a greedy miser from "A Christmas Carol."

7. Scrooge

Ebenezer Scrooge is the principal character in the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer was a greedy man; he hated the poor, and the people were scared of him because of his attitude. He kept on uttering the phrase, "Bah! Humbug!" Because he didn't believe in Christmas and was an overly frugal person, he was visited by three Christmas Spirits:

  • The first spirit was the Ghost of Christmas Past, which was all about Scrooge's childhood days: his troubled past with his mother who died early and his father who exiled him. The spirit showed him about his success in business, how he became a workaholic and how selfish he was. Because of his selfishness, he lost his fiancée. He continued postponing their marriage until his love decided to break their engagement and marry another man.
  • The second spirit was the Ghost of Christmas Present. This spirit showed Scrooge how happiness surrounded him and yet he never noticed it because of his hatred toward Christmas. The spirit also showed him why the people hate him so much. Scrooge saw the poor living conditions of his employees due to the low salaries he pays them. The ghost also warned him about want and ignorance.
  • The last spirit was the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. This spirit showed Scrooge's future and his fate if he does not change. In the future, he will die and no one will mourn for him; in fact, the people will celebrate his death. Because of this, Scrooge realized the bad things he did and asked the spirit for forgiveness. He promised the spirit that he would change.

The next morning, the people were shocked because Scrooge greeted them with a smile and gave them gifts. The moral lesson of the story is that we have to be approachable and help people who are in need. Change is good, but we have to be aware of the things that we need to change in order to have a good attitude and to have a good relationship with other people.

Rudolph led Santa's sleigh with help from his glowing red nose.
Rudolph led Santa's sleigh with help from his glowing red nose.

6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph is a fictional reindeer with a glowing red nose, and he was created by Robert L. May. He is the famous reindeer who leads Santa's sleigh, and he is popularly known as Santa's 9th Reindeer. As the story goes, Rudolph was the smallest among the reindeer, but one night it was so dark that Santa instructed Rudolf to lead so that his bright nose would light up their way.

Whenever we hear the song about Rudolph, it reminds us that Santa is coming to give us gifts. It also reminds us that when people laugh at us, we have to show them that—even if we are outwardly different—we are all the same in the eyes of God.

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An angel is often placed at the top of a Christmas tree.
An angel is often placed at the top of a Christmas tree.
An angel is often placed at the top of a Christmas tree. | Source

5. Christmas Angels

In Greek, "angel" means messenger, and in the Bible, they are the messengers of God. Our Christmas tree is not complete without an angel on top. This angel serves as a substitute for the star that was shining really brightly when Jesus was born.

Actually, angels played important roles in two major church occasions: first, on the birth of Jesus; and second, when he was risen from the dead. The angel that we hang on the tree represents the angels who heralded the birth of Jesus.

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The Three Kings are also known as the Three Wise Men.
The Three Kings are also known as the Three Wise Men.
The Three Kings are also known as the Three Wise Men. | Source

4. Three Kings (Three Wise Men)

The Three Kings are also included in our Christmas celebration, and it serves as the longest Christmas season all over the world because we also celebrate the Three Kings until January of next year. Despite the mysteries surrounding their identities, they have earned a rightful place in the nativity scene.

The kings played an important role in the birth of Jesus. They remind us that, even if they are high and almighty, they bowed down before Jesus. The Three Wise Men respected the King.

Godparents shower their godchildren with love at Christmas (and maybe a gift!).
Godparents shower their godchildren with love at Christmas (and maybe a gift!). | Source

3. Godparents

During this season, children of all ages will knock on the doors of their godparents and expect a gift from them. The funny thing about this is that some godparents tend to hide from their godchildren—maybe because they don't have anything to give to them and they are on a tight budget!

But even if they don't have gifts to give, they still have to show their godchildren that they love them. What's important is the love and care that our godparents give us.

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Santa wears a red suit and hat and brings gifts to good boys and girls.
Santa wears a red suit and hat and brings gifts to good boys and girls.
Santa wears a red suit and hat and brings gifts to good boys and girls. | Source

2. Santa Claus

Also known as Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus is the father of Christmas. Children really look forward to the Christmas season because, when they are good, they get a gift from Santa. Children write letters to Santa and stay up until midnight until they receive their gifts.

As parents, do you give gifts to your children in the guise of Santa Claus? I would like to hear a story from you in the comments below.

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A nativity scene depicts the birth of Jesus.
A nativity scene depicts the birth of Jesus.
A nativity scene depicts the birth of Jesus. | Source

1. The Belén

The Belén is not an individual character; it is the nativity scene that depicts the birth of Jesus with Mary and Joseph. "Belén" is the Spanish word for Bethlehem because He was born there.

If there is one scene that represents the Christmas season, it's the Belén, since the holy family is there, as well as the angels, animals and the Three Kings. It serves as a package that represents the meaning of the Christmas season, which is all about family and love.

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      • allelsematters profile imageAUTHOR

        Lady Jen Palven 

        10 months ago from Philippines

        Thank you for the correction Steven. yes you are right the three kings song is not biblical however in the bible they are called as three wise men.

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        steven 

        10 months ago

        the magi were not kings. they were of unknown number, nameless, and they were stargazers. We three kings song is not biblical, but only traditional.

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        Lady Jen Palven 

        6 years ago from Philippines

        @THE BLACK ALPACA:thanks for reading my hub :) happy new year to you and your family :)

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        THE BLACK ALPACA 

        6 years ago

        Brings back memories of watching all these shows with the family during the holiday season. Great hub. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

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        Lady Jen Palven 

        6 years ago from Philippines

        @Pink:thanks for reading my hub :)

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        Pink 

        6 years ago

        Wow!This is an amazing hub, my godparents gave me a new cellphone. I was very happy about their gift :)

      • allelsematters profile imageAUTHOR

        Lady Jen Palven 

        6 years ago from Philippines

        @JNedele:thanks for reading my hub!I want to know about that show, so maybe if you have time you can also make a hub about it :)

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        JNedele 

        6 years ago from Culp Creek, OR

        This is a hub that one can reminisce on. The Little Drummer Boy is one of the most moving for me. There is another one that is no longer shown. I haven't seen it since I was probably 8 or 9 years old. It was called The Tiny Tree. It had a wonderful story line and very impressionable for the good will of all.

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