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What is the Nice List?

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The Nice List is a list believed to be made by Santa Claus that contains the names of all the well-behaved children in the world. These children receive presents from Santa, which he delivers on Christmas Eve.

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The Nice List became popular through the 1934 song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The list encourages good behavior, especially near Christmas, and is sometimes widened to include adults. A person can get on the Nice List by regularly telling the truth, completing chores, saying "please" and "thank you," keeping her room clean, providing Santa with a tasty snack, and generally embodying a friendly "Christmas Spirit." Santa Claus also maintains a Naughty List, which includes the names of all the poorly-behaved children.

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