Santa has a lot of different names


We talked the other day about the real origin of Santa Claus and how the name evolved from St. Nicholas. But he’s not Santa Claus round the world. Here are just a few of the varying names for the jolly old elf.

Belgium –  Pere Noel
Brazil – Papai Noel
Chile – Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
China – Dun Che Lao Ren (“Christmas Old Man”)
Netherlands – Kerstman
Finland – Joulupukki
France – Pere Noel
Germany – Weihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man”)
Hawaii – Kanakaloka
Hungary – Mikulas (St. Nicholas)
Italy – Babbo Natale
Japan – Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
Norway – Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
Poland – Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
Russia – Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
Sweden – Jultomten (“Christmas brownie”)
United Kingdom – Father Christmas

I’m glad that I only have to remember one name for Santa.


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