Santa Claus is a fictional character based on multiple figures. The person most closely connected with the Santa Claus legend is Saint Nicholas, a Greek Christian bishop who helped the poor and left presents for children.
The Norse god Odin may have influenced certain elements of Santa Claus. Santa Claus also has characteristics of the British figure Father Christmas. The poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" and the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" helped create the popular perception of Santa Claus. Santa Claus is believed to deliver presents, such as toys and candy, to good children and coal to naughty children on Christmas Eve every year.