Santa Claus Around the World
From Czech Republic’s rapping “Little Jesus” to Canada’s khaki-wearing Reginald, meet the world’s most beloved bringers of gifts.
USA – Santa Claus. Everyone knows the jolly old man with the white beard from the North Pole who rides a sleigh pulled by flying reindeer. He is also known for his signature laugh, red fur hat, and condition where he dies if he goes more than 3 hours without a Coca Cola.
England – Father Christmas. Pretty much identical to the American Santa Claus, except he probably calls a chimney something weird and British-y like a “vapor chute.”
The Netherlands – Sinterklaas. The most notable trait of Sinterklaas is that he is always accompanied on his ship by Black Peter, a young servant in blackface. This has led many critics to ask how in the twenty-first century the Sinterklaas story can ignore all the progress of modern society and still rely on boat travel, as well as some other stuff.
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