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Santa Claus as a figure of Christmas good cheer
Christmas is around the corner. Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas or Father Christmas is a merry old and portly figure with red and white clothes who has a legendary origin related to celebration of Christmas festival. He is believed to bring gifts and goodies to the homes of the good children during the night hours of Christmas Eve, December 24.

ACCORDING TO western folklore, Santa has the habit of entering houses through chimney to fill socks or stockings with presents on the night of December 24th. He is believed to have eight flying reindeers, later joined by Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.

Because of his popularity with kids, Santa Claus appears in the weeks before Christmas in department stores, shopping malls, or at parties to make people buy gifts.

Santa Claus's home traditionally includes a residence and a workshop where he creates — often with the aid of elves — the gifts he delivers to good children on the Christmas Eve.

Different countries believe different places of his stay as follows.

- In America and Canada, it is believed that Santa lives at postal code H0H 0H0 in the island of Montreal in Quebec.

-In Alaska it is believed that he lives at the North Pole where a tourist attraction known as the "Santa Claus House" has been established.

-Norway claims he lives in Drobak.

-In Denmark, he is said to live in Greenland near Uummannaq.

-In Sweden, the national postal terminal in Tomteboda in Stockholm receives children's letters for Santa.

-In Finland, Korvatunturi has long been known as Santa's home, and two theme parks, Santa Claus Village and Santa Park are located near Rovaniemi.

Here are some popular jokes about Santa.

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in Father Christmas?
A rebel without a Claus!

What's red & white and red & white and red & white?
Santa rolling down a hill!

What did Santa say to Mrs. Claus when he looked out the window?
Looks like "rain", "Dear"!

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