The holiday character of Santa Claus is based on St. Nicholas, a Christian saint who was born in Turkey in 280 A.D. and believed to have died in 343 A.D. Dutch immigrants introduced his legacy to the United States in the... More »

While the jolly old man traditionally seen at Christmas does not actually exist, his legend is traced back to a 3rd Century monk named St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas was born around 280 A.D. in what is now known as Turkey. More » Holidays & Celebrations Holidays Christmas

In Italy, Santa Claus, or Father Christmas, is known as "Babbo Natale." However, despite its contemporary popularity, the tradition of Santa Claus is a relatively new one in Italy. The more traditional annual gift bringe... More »

Saint Nicholas was a Bishop who lived during the fourth century A.D. in the city of Myra, located in what is now present-day Turkey. Santa Claus is a fictional character that is based largely on the stories of Saint Nich... More »

Santa Claus, as a folklore legend, is not considered an elf, though it is often told that he employs elves in his workshop. He is almost always portrayed as a heavy-set Caucasian human with a full white or gray beard. More »

Santa Claus can be reached at 1-800-726-8222 in the week before Christmas, as of 2014. The call is toll-free in the United States and Canada, but certain cell phone plans may charge for minutes used, states goodnewsnetwo... More »

The mythical father of Christmas doesn't actually have a house or mailbox, but you can address Santa mail to Santa Claus, North Pole, or any similar variation. The United States Postal Service accepts Santa letters throu... More »