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Interview With Santa Claus About His History

DRBJ is a professional writer who worked as a psychologist before turning to writing full time.

Interview With Santa Claus

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the store, last-minute shoppers were hurrying to buy more. Before you get the wrong idea, I am not a last-minute shopper. My Christmas gifts are all wrapped and hidden at home. My biggest task will be to remember where I hid them.

But I needed to find one more. My little two-year-old great-grandbaby adores Elmo—she probably owns every Elmo ever made. Except for one—the version I was looking for. It walks and talks and coughs and cooks breakfast. I may be exaggerating about the cooking breakfast, but for the price, this Elmo should!

‘Pssst! Pssstt!’ It sounded like someone was trying to get my attention. I looked at all the other shoppers nearby, but no one seemed to be ‘psssting’ at me. Wait a moment! One person was. It was the fake Santa Claus stationed on his fake snow-covered throne in Santa’s Workshop in the Toy Department.

It was almost six PM, time for the store to close, and Santa looked exhausted after a very hard day. I pushed my way through the shopping throng, and he beckoned me to his side.

Me – Hello, Mr. Santa Claus. What can I do for you?

Santa Claus – Nice to meet you. I recognized you from your Facebook photo. My buddy, Zeus, has informed me of your supernatural interviewing skills. Could you meet me for a chat after the store closes at the restaurant next door? Dinner is on me.

I’ve never been one to turn down a dinner date, and this imitation Santa who pretends to be a friend of Zeus seemed perfectly harmless, so I accepted his invitation.

We would not be alone in a public place. Besides, he looked as if he were on the far side of ninety. Way far!

Interview with Santa Claus

Me – Thank you for the pleasant dinner, Mr. Claus. I’m curious – why did you want this interview?

Santa Claus – Please call me Santa . . . or Kris . . . or St. Nicholas . . . or even Belsnickel, if you wish.

Me(laughing) Belsnickel?

Santa – Yes, Belsnickel is a very old German folklore name associated with me. I wanted to share with you my true story. And explain why I am known by so many names.

Me(trying to be serious and not laugh) Whatever you would like to share, Santa. Why don’t you start at the beginning? I’m all ears.

Santa – Nonsense! Your ears are not disproportionate. In the beginning, I was a 4th-century Greek Christian bishop known as Saint Nicholas of Myra in Anatolia (now Turkey). I became famous for my generous gifts to the poor and for helping those who were less fortunate. Anonymously, of course.

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Me – Of course! (holding in my disbelief and trying to be encouraging) I remember a story about St. Nicholas providing a pious father with dowries so his three daughters would not have to become prostitutes.

SantaThat is partly true. That father could not afford the dowries necessary for his three daughters to marry, so he was considering selling one of them into slavery to get money for the other two. When I learned that devastating news, I went to their home late one night and tossed three bags of gold down their chimney.

By a strange coincidence, the gold coins fell into each of the daughter’s stockings which were hanging by the fire to dry.

Me – Aha! (this fellow IS clever) So that’s how the chimney story started? And the tradition of stockings hung by the mantel?

Santa – Correct. I have also heard a variation of that incident indicating that I tossed a bag of gold through an open window which would explain how I enter homes that have no chimney.

Me – Makes sense to me.

Santa – I haven’t always looked like the jolly, rotund pot-belly figure most people know as Santa Claus today. My earliest ancestors may date back to pre-Christian days when mythological gods like Zeus and Odin lived in the sky and ruled the earth.

Me(thinking that’s where the Zeus name-dropping came from) I have read that many parallels have been drawn between you and Odin before Christianity took root.

Santa – That‘s true. Odin was often recorded during the native Germanic holiday of Yule—celebrated at the same time as Christmas—as leading a great hunting party through the sky.

He rode an eight-legged gray horse named Sleipnir that could leap tremendous distances. Do you see the comparison to Santa’s eight reindeer?

Children would place their boots filled with sugar, carrots, or straw near the chimney for Odin's flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin would reward them by replacing Sleipnir's food with gifts or candy. This practice still survives in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and parts of France and has become associated with Saint Nicholas.

Footnote: The name, Sleipnir, means smooth or gliding, hence the English word, ‘slippery.’ The horse was said to be the swiftest on earth and could bear Odin over the sea and through the air.

me – How did you become the Santa Claus so familiar to us now?

Santa – After the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, the veneration of Catholic saints was banned. But people enjoyed the annual visit from their jolly gift-giving saint, so in some countries the festivities of St. Nicholas' Day were merged with Christmas celebrations.

In Germany, I was known as Weihnachtsmann, in England as Father Christmas, and in France, as Pere Noel who left small gifts in the children's shoes. I was still St. Nicholas, the gift-bearer.

Santa Coming to America

Santa - Immigrants to America brought along their various beliefs. The Scandinavians introduced gift-giving elves, the Germans brought Belsnickel and also their decorated trees, and the Irish contributed to the ancient Gaelic custom of placing a lighted candle in the window.

Me – And the name, Santa Claus?

Santa – In the 1600s, the Dutch introduced Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) to the colonies. In their excitement, many English-speaking children uttered the name so quickly that Sinterklaas sounded like Santy Claus. After years of mispronunciation, the name became Santa Claus.

Me – I know that the famous American author, Washington Irving, created a new version of St. Nick in 1808 and described you as “a jolly Dutchman . . .

Santa – . . . who dropped gifts down the chimneys of his favorites.” I received even more publicity in 1822 when Dr. Clement Clarke Moore wrote “The Night before Christmas.” He was the first to give me an Arctic flavor with eight tiny reindeer and a sleigh.

me – I can remember the names of six of your reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, and Cupid. But what were the names of the other two? (Santa didn’t know it but this was a test.)

Santa – You forgot Dunder and Blixem. Their names came from the old Dutch words for thunder and lightning, which were later changed to the more German-sounding Donner and Blitzen.

me (Santa passed that test with an A+) Dr. Moore also described you as having … “a broad face and a little round belly that shook when (you) laughed like a bowl full of jelly.” Unforgettable simile!

Santa – But it wasn’t until many years later that Thomas Nast who illustrated Moore’s verse provided a softer, kinder visual image of me.

me – Isn’t he the caricaturist and political cartoonist who gave you the bright red suit with the white accents?

Santa – And a home at the North Pole. Surrounded by hundreds of toy-making elves.

Coca-Cola ad in the '30s

Coca-Cola ad in the '30s

Me – Was it Coca-Cola that gave you your modern image?

Santa – In a way. It was Haddon Sundblom, a commercial artist, who first drew me in 1931 as a benevolent, portly, grandfatherly Santa with a ruddy complexion, a twinkle in my eye, and human proportions. His artwork appeared in Coke’s advertisements and on their billboards.

Did you know that many groups have claimed me as their patron saint? True! Children, orphans, sailors, thieves, and even pawnbrokers have prayed to me for guidance and protection. Entire countries, including Russia and Greece, adopted me as their patron saint.

Me – That’s fascinating. Why do you suppose that has happened?

Santa – Perhaps because of the legends of my unselfish giving. My image as a benevolent saint has been transformed into an almost mystical being known for rewarding the good and punishing the bad.

Me(Another test for Santa) Do you recall the song that was written about you way back in 1934 that we still sing today?

Santa – Are you referring to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”? It’s always been one of my favorites because it describes how I make a list of children worldwide and deliver presents according to whether they have been ‘naughty’ or ‘nice.’

Me – That’s right. And another popular song was sung by the cowboy star Gene Autry.

Santa – I believe you mean “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” It was written by a Montgomery Ward department store copywriter, Robert L. May. He gave the copyright to his brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, who wrote the song in 1949.

Me(With new respect) I didn’t know that. I always thought Autry wrote it.

Santa – I appreciate your patience in listening to me ramble. Do hope I have explained my plethora of names and origins.

But now I must run. You know what a busy night this is for me.

Me – Absolutely! And just for the record, I apologize for not being more ‘nice’ when we met.

Santa – No apology needed. I understand. After all, I AM Santa Claus!

Me(Laughing) Was there ever any doubt?

Names for Santa Claus Throughout the World

Name - CountryName - CountryName - Country

Babbo Natale - Italy

Viejo Pascuero - Chile

Hoteisho - Japan

Rauklas - Germany

Father Christmas - England/New Zealand

Gaghant Baba -Armenia

Joulupukki - Finland

Kris Kringle - Australia/Canada/U.S.

Mikulas - Hungary

St. Nick - Australia/Canada

Befana - Italy

Diado Colega - Bulgaria

Ganesha - India

Jultomten - Sweden

Papa Noel - Spain

Dun Che Lao Ren - China

Gwiazdor - Poland

Kerstman - Belgium

Sinterklas - Indonesia

Bozicek - Slovenia

Ded Moroz - Russia

Julenissen - Norway

Jezisek - Czech Republic

Kanakalok - Hawaii

Significant Santa Statistics

  • Each Scandinavian country claims Santa's residence to be within their territory. Norway claims he lives in Drobak. In Denmark, he is said to live in Greenland near Uummannaq. In Sweden, the town of Mora has a theme park named Tomteland. In Finland, Korvatunturi has long been known as Santa's home.
  • A tourist attraction known as the Santa Claus House has been established in North Pole, Alaska, and a Wendy’s there claims to have a ‘sleigh fly through.’
  • "Is There a Santa Claus?" was the title of an editorial that appeared in the September 21, 1897 edition of the New York Sun. The editorial, which included the famous reply: “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” has become an indelible part of Christmas lore in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Historically, Coca-Cola was not the first soft drink company to utilize the modern image of Santa Claus in its ads. White Rock Beverages used a red and white Santa to sell mineral water in 1915 and then in ads for its ginger ale in 1923.
  • Did you know there are Santa Claus schools that offer instruction on how to act as Santa Claus? In 1937, Charles W. Howard, who played Santa Claus in department stores and parades, established the Charles W. Howard Santa School is the oldest continuously-run such school in the world.
  • On December 23, 2008, Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism formally awarded Canadian citizenship status to Santa Claus. "(We) want to let him know that, as a Canadian citizen, he has the automatic right to re-enter Canada once his trip around the world is complete."
  • The image of Santa Claus as a benevolent character became reinforced with its association with the Salvation Army. Volunteers often dress as Santa Claus as part of fundraising drives to aid needy families at Christmas time.
  • In the United States and Canada, children traditionally leave Santa a glass of milk and a plate of cookies as a reward. In Great Britain and Australia, he sometimes receives sherry and mince pies instead. In Sweden and Norway, children leave him rice porridge. In Ireland it is popular to give him Guinness or milk together with Christmas pudding or mince pies.

Source: Seal, Jeremy. Nicholas: The Epic Journey from Saint to Santa Claus. Bloomsbury, USA, 2005


I did finally find Elmo!

Here is Madison, my great grand baby, with her new gigantic BBF.

Big Best Friend!

Elmo and Madison

Elmo and Madison

© 2012 drbj and sherry

Comments for Interview with Santa Claus

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2013:

Hi, Vista - so nice to meet you here. I'll have to swing by and take a look at your Santa hub, too. And here I thought I was the first to interview the guy with the while beard in the red suit.

Tiana Dreymor from Columbus, OH on December 02, 2013:

Oh, wow. You did a more in-depth interview than I did.... (On my Hub pages ), but I wrote that before I had internet and research was a dirty word. I opted for more 'partly fictionalized'. And I gave insight to how Santa spends the 'rest of the year (story)'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on November 28, 2013:

That 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' letter will probably live forever Au fait, just as the legend has survived all these years. Thanks for finding this and Merry Christmas ahead of time.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 27, 2013:

A great tribute to Santa Claus who lives forever. Everyone should make a point of reading the letter Francis P. Church wrote to Virginia if only to remind them that there is much in this world yet to be discovered and some things will never be visible to those who cannot see.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 13, 2013:

Hi, Rose. Thanks for finding my Santa Claus hub both informative and adorable. And loving my images, sharing and the Up vote. Since you mentioned how beautiful my great grand is, you are now my newest BFF.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on July 13, 2013:

Your father is absolutely right, Cat. There IS a Santa Claus and he is alive in our hearts as long as we think of him. Right? And Bravo to your son for keeping Santa alive in his imagination.

Delighted you enjoyed this and please do share it with your dad with my regards. Thanks for hitting all the justified buttons, m'luv. :)

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on July 12, 2013:

Drbj, although it is July, I am so glad that Cat shared your "Interview With Santa Claus" article with us. I thought it was both informative and seriously adorable! I also loved your images and your great-grandchild is so beautiful standing there with Elmo. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up)


Cat from New York on July 11, 2013:


You really knocked it out of the park with this one! This is excellent! I have a father who is still obsessed with Santa Claus and has such a collection of those jolly men, he could open up his own museum. We just love Christmastime at our house and it's the traditional part of it that's so magical. I'm 31 years old and my father still insists there's a Santa Claus... I will do the same with my kids; my son is 12 and still leaves cookies and milk for Santa... ha ha!

This is so informative and funny at the same time! Boy... did I learn a lot and I can't wait to share this with my father!

I hit every button and they were all justified!


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 28, 2012:

Hi, Sunnie, what a treat to find you here. Delighted that you found this Santa information interesting. Yes, Sinterklaas eventually became Santa Claus. And you are absolutely correct. He may be even older than me.

I like this interview process, too, since I have written more than 30 Interviews with famous but dead celebrities and others. Happy New Year to you, too, m'dear.

Sunnie Day on December 28, 2012:

Wonderful hub with so much information about Santa and Christmas! Very interesting. I loved the interview process..I bet he was one funny guy to talk too. Wow who would have thought that the mispronunciation of Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) became Santa Claus.. Santa is older than dirt isn't he? lol I hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!


drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2012:

What a lovely compliment, KKGals. That you would not stop reading Santa's history even if you could. Thank you for the sublime comments, and as for sharing with everyone, be my guest, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 21, 2012:

Thanks for having fun and enjoying Santa's interview, Thelma. I learned a lot about his origins, too, doing the research. It was my pleasure to share, m'dear.

Yes, I did tell Santa what I wished for Christmas, but he said Fort Knox was not available. :(

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on December 20, 2012:

What a clever creative way to introduce the history of Santa Claus. I wouldn't have stopped reading even if I could. I am sharing with everyone. Absolutely awesome.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on December 19, 2012:

Great fun as always, drbj. I enjoyed reading your interview with Santa Claus. It´s not only funny but very informative history background how Santa came into our lives. Thanks for sharing. I hope you told Santa what you wish for this Christmas.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

Thank you, usedcarssacram, for finding this great. And using the adjective, 'enlightening.' is the icing on the cake. Sharing was my pleasure. Nice to meet you.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

Thank you, Sharon, for your most gracious comments. Delighted you enjoyed this and learned some more Santa trivia. The game about Santa that you spoke of creating should be fun. Let me know how it goes, m'dear. And you are most welcome. Spending the time creating this was well worth it. Trust me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

Hi, precy. If I had thought of it, I would have asked Santa about your upcoming Christmas gifts. Sorry. But this way you will be surprised. Right? Thanks for enjoying this interview and the Up, m'dear.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

Yes, pd, I seem to find potential interviewees everywhere I go. Being found by Santa was a coup and I'm delighted you found the interview apt and informative.

Yes, I did find Elmo and you can see the photo I just included above of Madison and her birthday gift of gigantic Elmo. Thanks for the interest, my friend.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 10, 2012:

You do say the nicest things, Colin. Placing me with your mum and dad as Santa Claus? What an honor! Thank you. You know it is my pleasure to follow your epic poetry which is never humble, and comment thereon - when I can keep up with your output, that is.

Thank you for the 'stuff of legend' description and your sharing and linking. Have a healthy, happy holiday and stay warm!

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on December 10, 2012:

This is great...and truly enlightening.

Thanks for sharing.

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on December 09, 2012:

This was truly awesome Dr. BJ and extremely clever in presentation. I learned SO much! I'm thinking of making up a game for the family to play on Christmas with all this information on Santa. I'm sure it will be fun. So thank you for the time you put into this.

precy anza from USA on December 08, 2012:

Hmmnnn..... I wonder what Santa has in store for me this year? If I only knew you will have an interview with him, I should have ask you to ask him about my gift ^-^' Enjoyed the interview! Voted up!

Feline Prophet on December 07, 2012:

Only you would find an interviewee in the midst of Christmas shopping...and what an apt, and well informed one! :)

PS: Did you eventually find Elmo too?

epigramman on December 07, 2012:

....well I have three names for Santa Claus - my mum and my dad and DRBJ when you leave a comment for me at my humble hubspace - and with that sentiment you make it Christmas for me all year around.

Your hub presentation are the stuff of legend and I will post this beautiful work to the Music and Writing FB group with a share , a link and a post.

Sending you my warmest wishes as I am listening to the radio transcript on cd of The Sons of the Pioneers - lake erie canada time 8:21pm and yes winter has arrived

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 06, 2012:

How lucky of your mum and aunt to find three such classics in good shape, Alastar. Those were amazing finds.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on December 06, 2012:

Actually the mum and an aunt found the book along with Paradise Regained by Milton(in very good shape) and Dicken's Bleak House in a very bleak house in Georgia during the 1940s. Apparently the place had been deserted since Sherman's March came through the area 85 yrs or so previous. Amazing to consider nowadays isn't it drbj. :)

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 05, 2012:

Thank you, Dex, for finding this entertaining as well as educational. If you have learned something new then I have fulfilled my mission. Thanks for the 'Excellence,' too.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 05, 2012:

Delighted you enjoyed this Santa hub, Dolores. Thanks for your story of your dad running about in the dark on Christmas Eve rattling his jingle bells to help substantiate the Santa story for your little sister. What a wonderful father. He WAS Santa.

How nice that you supported the tradition with your kids. Like you, there is a part of me, too, that believes. There IS a Santa Claus and there IS a Tooth Fairy. Trust me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 05, 2012:

I was lucky, wasn't I, Dianna, to meet with the genuine article, good old St. Nick aka Santa Claus. Happy you found some interesting new facts and enjoyed the read. Thanks for stopping by.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on December 05, 2012:

Wow! This is an entertaining, yet educational interview. There is much to learn here. Excellence as always, DR. BJ.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 05, 2012:

How I enjoyed this hub about Santa! I remember when my father told me that there was no Santa (he didn't want the other kids to think I was a fool). Later, when he was running around outside in the dark with his jingle bells (keeping the story going for my little sister), I wondered why Daddy would lie to me. Of course there was a Santa!

When I had kids, I took up Daddy's tradition and ran around the house outside ringing jingle bells. There is still a part of me that believes!

Dianna Mendez on December 04, 2012:

You are the envy of many children as you were able to meet with good old St. Nick. What a fascinating interview. Your posting of facts related to Santa were interesting, and some were new to me! Enjoyable read.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Hi, Rosemary, it was my distinct pleasure to present this fun history lesson with some little-known Santa Claus facts. Including the original names of two of his reindeer.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was written in the 30s and it's still popular today. Remarkable, no? Thanks for appreciating my research, m'dear. I appreciate you.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Thank you, Nell, for enjoying reading my interview with Santa. Santa says thank you, too, and thanks also for the Up vote, m'luv.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Now be careful approaching that biker gang in your area, pd, called Odin's Warriors. They might not appreciate the reference to Santa. Unless of course you have backup - all dressed in red and white and leather. The mere thought is hilarious. You could call yourselves Santa's Soldiers. And no thanks are necessary, my friend, it was entirely my pleasure.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Creative and intelligent, supers? How did you know that's how I would describe you! Trust me. Thanks for enjoying this hub.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

How sweet, Susan, that you leave Santa Bailey's and shortbread cookies. I'm sure he appreciates that extra boost from the former.

So happy you didn't climb up on your roof to distribute that reindeer food from your twins' teacher.

Thanks for enjoying this history lesson and finding it fun, m'dear. So did Santa.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Hi, Ruby. Delighted you had fun learning more about Santa - he WILL live forever. Promise. Few things are more inspiring than watching children waiting for Santa to arrive. Adults, too.

Thanks for appreciating my time and effort. You know I will be looking for that extra something under the tree. Merry Christmas to you, too, m'luv.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Happy you see the winning bar bet potential in the Santa Claus trivia, Chris. Use Dunder and Blixem and any other facts that you fancy. It's my pleasure to share. :)

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on December 04, 2012:

A great fun history lesson, facts I didn't know, Dunder and Blixem were new to me. It is interesting to see all the different names.

I didn't realise that “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was written so long ago, one of those songs that never date.

You put a lot of research into your hubs and it shows and is appreciated

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Well, now you know, Alastar, courtesy of Santa himself, how he delivers those toys to chimney-less homes, and many of the names he is known by worldwide.

Yes, our chance (?) meeting was indeed fortuitous. Delighted you enjoyed the history and photos.

What a lucky duck you are, m'dear, to own that first edition copy of Irving's Sketch Book. Washington certainly did know how to spin an interesting tale. Rip Van Winkle has always been one of my favorite stories.

Thanks for the visit and the gracious comments. May your Holidays be Happy.

Nell Rose from England on December 04, 2012:

I really enjoyed reading this interview with santa, I thought I knew so much about him, but evidently not! lol! a great read and voted up!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Happy to meet you, rebeccamealey. Thanks for finding this history of old Saint Nick interesting. I know you are on his list as 'nice.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

You better believe it, mary. I dug deep into my silly psychic side to produce this interview. Santa is so well known I'm surprised I didn't think of interviewing him sooner. But with Christmas just around the corner, the timing may be perfect.

Happy I could provide some intimate details about Santa you may not have known before. Thank you, m'luv, for the UP, the etc. and the sharing.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Hi, pras, thanks for enjoying this interview with Santa and the Up vote. Is Santa known by another name in your neck of the woods in Indonesia? Just wonderin'.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 04, 2012:

Hi, Amy, I remember that wonderful film, "Miracle on 34th Street" with Edmund Gwenn as a lovable, charismatic Santa. And I have seen those elves in person at Macy's 'Santa's Workshop.'

So happy that like Natalie Wagner at the end of the movie, you do 'believe.' Makes the holiday so much more pleasant. I did find the Elmo I was searching for and my sweet little Madison Lee drags him around although she weighs 25 pounds sopping weight and Elmo is 4 feet tall. Will try to remember to snap a photo to forward to you.Thanks for finding this 'trip' delicious. That is exactly how it felt to me when writing it. on December 04, 2012:

There's a bikie gang in our area called Odin's warriors - if I see one of them I might mention they're related to Santa and should wear red and white instead of black leathers. LOL Thanks drbj.

supers49 on December 03, 2012:

You are so creative and intelligent! Enjoyed the hub!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

What a charming compliment, Will. Thank you. The feeling, you know, is mutual!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

Thank you, Alicia, for finding this hub interesting, entertaining and a great way to get in the holiday mood.

Doing the research and sharing the facts is one of my favorite things to do. Besides snacking on chocolate, that is.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

So pleased, Nellieanna, that you enjoyed this memorable interview with Santa. He confided to me that you are one of his most favorite artists and poetesses. No surprise there.

Speaking of rich, although he didn't mention it specifically, he alluded to the purchase of Apple shares during the IPO. Guess he really is rich and famous.

You've heard of pony rides. His reindeers earn their keep by working during the off-season offering reindeer rides to the little kiddies. Minus the sleigh, of course.

Santa had considered a nose job for Rudolph but decided his glowing proboscis was too valuable during night rides to eliminate. Besides, Mrs. Claus put her foot down and you know how that goes.

Delighted you had fun reading this and that it brought back lovely childhood memories. Who could ask for more?

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

Thank you, sweet Paula for finding this in-depth Santa lesson interesting and creative. You ARE perceptive, m'dear.

Like you, I always enjoy finding out the where, when, how and why of my victims . . . I mean, subjects. True, few of us knew all the miraculous secrets dear Santa was keeping to himself. But after a few drinks ... well, you know how that goes.

Thank you for the Up, m'dear, with all those pluses.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

Thank you, christopher for finding Santa's story delightful. Now, you got me in the right frame of mind for Christmas. Promise.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

That's what I thought, Audrey, cooking breakfast is the least Elmo could do. And I adore your suggestion about having him clean house as well.

Santa's story IS fascinating and has been evolving continuously since the time of St. Nicholas of Myra. Isn't that fascinating that Canada awarded him citizenship? Only drawback though is he has begun to end many of his sentences with, 'eh?' :)

Delighted you enjoyed the reindeer 'focus' cartoon - I thought it was particularly appropriate. Your mals are so much more well trained, y'know.

So you have an actual reindeer farm nearby? What great good luck. If you stop by when Santa is there, do give him my best regards.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 03, 2012:

It is so comforting, Martie, to learn that I am not the only one in the world who has difficulty finding the gifts I have hidden. I'll have to start leaving little clues for myself in the future.

'Sfunny that you used to think your sister Santa (Susanna) was named after Santa Claus. Think back. Did she usually get for Christmas what she wished for? Then maybe she WAS his namesake. :)

What a lovely compliment you pay me, m'dear, reading this hub to your grandchildren. Please do send me a photo of Dané wearing that surprised expression.

Thank you for the good wishes and a Merry Christmas to you and your family backatcha.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 03, 2012:

What a great history lesson on Santa. We leave him Bailey's and shortbread cookies :) Figure he needs that little extra boost. When my twins were in Kindergarten their teacher sent home a bag full of Reindeer food and we sprinkled that all over the driveway as I wasn't about to climb onto the roof of the house :) Another fun interview. Thanks Doc!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 03, 2012:

This is GREAT. It was fun learning all about Santa. I hope he lives on forever. There's nothing more precious than seeing a child waiting on Santa to arrive. This took some time and effort to compile, so don't be surprised to find something extra under your tree. Merry Christmas my friend..

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on December 03, 2012:

Dunder and Blixem? wow... there is some cool trivia here... I see the potential for some winning bar bets in this post. Thanks drbj!!!!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on December 03, 2012:

Always wondered about those chimney- less homes drbj. That burning question and so many more have finally been answered by your remarkable and fortuitous interview with St Nick himself! The history and pic selection are very hot too. Not to mention the origins of Santa's many names. Hey, guess what drbj, Alastar has a first edition copy of Washington Irving's Sketch Book. a bit worse for wear but still delightful with stories like Rip Van, Sleepy Hollow and the Spectre Bride. Super interview m'lady, perfect for the season!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

Thank you, Martin, for finding this imaginative and entertaining. So you, too, have played Santa (with pillows) upon occasion? More power to you. BTW, Santa gave me your name. He said you have always been 'nice.'

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

Nice to meet you, faythef. Happy you enjoyed this and the proof that Santa Claus really does exist. Trust me.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

You are so right, xstatic. I think almost every child (at least in America) believes in the concept of a philanthropic Santa Claus for a short time - at least until our childish illusions are shattered. Thanks for finding this delightful and interesting. Santa was a great subject.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

Thanks, Jaye, for enjoying my interview with Santa. Comforting to know I'm not the only one who hides presents and then has to search for them. Sometimes I surprise even myself!

Dunno why the Elmo image doesn't appear when you open this hub. Have you been naughty? Just kidding!

If you are using Internet Explorer, try opening with Mozilla Firefox and see if that works for you. Good luck.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 02, 2012:

This was an interesting look at the history of Jolly Old Saint Nick! Good job!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

So sorry, Paradise, that you missed the fun of the whole Santa Claus tradition while growing up. How can anyone not love the idea of this grandfatherly fellow with the twinkle in his eye sailing through the sky in a sleigh drawn by reindeer dropping off gifts for good children.

Thanks for loving this history and Santa's origins, m'dear. I gave him your name, y'know, and told him you've been nice! Promise.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Well, I must say, this was a very interesting interview with a well known celebrity. You dug deep inside your resources to come up with this one. Now, I know a lot more about Santa than I did before I read this one.

I voted it UP, etc. and will share.

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

I found the history of Santa very interesting, too, Kelly. Yes, the rumors about a tradition of sugar in shoes is true.

It goes way, way back when children placed their boots filled with sugar, carrots or straw near the chimney for Odin's flying horse, Sleipnir, to eat. Odin, in the person of their parents, would replace their gifts for Sleipnir with more practical gifts or candy. This practice still survives in parts of France, and is now associated with Saint Nicholas/Santa Claus. Happy boot-stuffing!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 02, 2012:

Great interview and I think December is a good time to talk about the spirit of Christmas. Santa Claus is part of it. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on December 02, 2012:

Oh, drbj, I felt like I was an elf hiding under the table at Macy's Department store. This interview has all the magic of of the old classic "Miracle on 34th Street" with little Natalie Wood, who wanted to believe in Kris Kringle, despite her doubting mother. In the end, I felt so happy to see that all their wishes came true, just like I felt at the culmination of your interview with Santa. I do believe, I do believe, I do believe...

On a more real life level, drbj, I hope you found the giant Elmo for your hopeful, little 2-year old great grandbaby, because I fear he may end up a collector's item if the rumors that Elmo may go the way of his former commandeer...down the chimney and out the door. Thank you for a trip down "happy memories" lane of childhood. It was delicious. Trust me

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

You are the clever one, Gus, with your 'all ears' for 'great reception' comment. Love the Interviewer Hall of 'Frame' idea and delighted you enjoyed the honest truth and statistics.

I AM the winner cause I have devoted followers like yourself. Thanks, mi amigo.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on December 02, 2012:

If there's a new drbj interview, I'm on it!

drbj and sherry (author) from south Florida on December 02, 2012:

Nice to meet another Santa/Christmas buff, Will. Thanks for being first in line. You WILL be rewarded! :)

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 02, 2012:

This is a very interesting and entertaining hub, drbj! Reading your article is a great way to get in the holiday mood. Thanks for the great research and for sharing all the facts.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 02, 2012:

My favorite Dr., - BJR; - It's another memorable and very informative interview with the rich and famous (well - he's rich in good-will and must be able to afford all the materials for the elves to make into gifts, and also to give them their Christmas bonuses! --- and all that feed for those reindeer, year-round. Do you suppose he must provide health insurance for all his helpers and animals? Maybe not - or that red nose on Rudolph would've been corrected by now! On the other hand, Mrs. Clause may be the rich one.)

Every word was fun to read! Love it! It brought back so many lovely childhood memories at Christmastime.

Suzie from Carson City on December 02, 2012:

drbj...What an interesting and creative way you chose to bring your readers an in-depth lesson on Santa......with all the where, when,how and why. I love this and can't believe after all the years of knowing Santa so intimately, I knew none of his history.

Just goes to show can hang out with a guy for decades and really not ever know his deepest most fascinating secrets!!.......UP+++

Christopher Antony Meade from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom on December 02, 2012:

Delightful hub. Thanks. It helps to get me in the right frame of mind for Christmas.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on December 02, 2012:

Great fun, BJ--and the Elmo part is hilarious. It SHOULD cook breakfast and clean the house for the money!

Fascinating indeed how Santa evolved into who we know today and so glad Canada gave him citizenship so he doesn't have to worry about reentry following his trek around the world.

I especially enjoyed the cartoon on "focus" and the sleigh. Somehow this is reminiscent of dog sledding/scootering and only can say he probably has better luck with reindeer than malamutes--or maybe not...we actually have a reindeer farm 30 minutes from here--will have to stop in again and see if Santa is paying a visit!

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 02, 2012:

Lol @ "My biggest task will be to remember where I hid them (Christmas gifts)."

Sinterklaas is, of course, an easy word to pronounce in my language - Afrikaans - so I used to think that my sister Santa (derived from Susanna) was named after Santa Claus.

I enjoyed this very interesting hub of yours about Father Christmas' ancestors so much, drbj, I am going to read it to my grandchildren. Oh, and one of them, Dané, was actually chosen to be an elf during their school's Christmas party on Friday. By the end she was quite sad with the idea that she might not receive a gift, but then Father Christmas fortunately surprised her. Oh, I must tag you in her picture, just so you can see the expression on her face... :)

I wish you and your family a merry Christmas :)

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 01, 2012:

What can I say? Imaginative and entertaining presentation. Thank you. I have been known to dawn ye old red suit (with the aid of some pillows).

Faythe Payne from USA on December 01, 2012:

I really enjoyed this..

Now I know for sure..there is such a thing as Santa Claus

Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on December 01, 2012:

Delightful hub about a figure we have all (almost) believed in at one time or another. Great facts produced interestingly as an interview.

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on December 01, 2012:

Santa...good St. whatever name, this jolly generous chap is fun for children and for the young at heart. Enjoyed your interview with Santa Claus, Doc..

I can really relate to the hidden Christmas presents. There are always a few for which I have to search.


P.S. The Elmo picture isn't "there." All the other photos are, but the first one is just a box with the tiny picture icon in the middle.

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 01, 2012:

OH, DOC, YOU DID IT AGAIN! I loved this whole thing...parents were fundamentalist, so Santa was debunked before we were three... I still love so much the idea of a great, grandfatherly old man, giving all the kids presents! I found all the history here so very interesting. I didn't know Santa had so many names, or that his true origins began so very long ago.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 01, 2012:

I the resting history. I did not know the actual origin of Santa. I have heard rumors about a tradition where sweets are out into shoes but I never understood the reason...maybe in France?

Gustave Kilthau from USA on December 01, 2012:

Good Doctor bj - I am so very pleased that you are "all ears," for without such great reception, this story would have put us all to sleep. You should be put into the interviewer hall of fRame - the honest truth above all bragging and boasting. Statistics with the very biggest of smiles.

What a winner you are, Good Doctor bj.

Gus :-)))

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on December 01, 2012:

Great work! Santa lives on forever with Christmas buffs like me.

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