Who Are the Iconic Gift Bringing Santas around the World?

Julia | 02 - 12 - 2020
Who Are the Iconic Gift Bringing Santas around the World

For more than decades, we have believed that Santa Claus, Father Santa, and Saint Nicholas are the best known traditional Christmas gift-bringer Santa around the world. But the fact is there are many different gift bringers around the world and they are called by different names. Do you know who is the real Christmas gift-bringer and what do they call him? Here are the 7 incredible  Christmas characters around the world.

United States of America 

United States of America 

Santa Claus is known as Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, and St. Nick. Santa Claus bringing presents on the day of Christmas is a long-lived tradition. In the United States, Santa has a habit of sending gifts to children on the day of Christmas in his reindeer sleigh through the chimneys of their houses. He stocked the gifts on the socks that hung on the doors.

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Italy 

Italy

In Italy, the traditional gift bringers are known as Babbo Natale and Befana. Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children on the day of Christmas Eve. She rides in a broomstick rather than a sleigh to visit all children in Italy to fill their socks with the gifts and candies. And there is also saint lucy who raids on a donkey to send gifts to the children.

Russia

Russia

The Russian Christmas gift-bringer is known as Ded Moroz. Ded Moroz is a tall and slender old man famously known as Russian Santa Claus dressed up in a Russian rounded cap trimmed with fur and his rich embroidery clothes are paired with traditional leather boots.  He delivers gifts on New Year’s Eve rather than Christmas Eve.

France 

There is no Santa Claus In France until the mid-twentieth century. Soon later Santa becomes famous in french society and there is a rule that for every letter written for Santa you will get a reply letter from Santa. Père Noël and Père Fouettard are the two famous Christmas gift bringers in France where Père Noël used to send gifts for good children and Père Fouettard used to give coal to the naughty kids.

Germany 

Germany

Weihnachtsmann is also known as the Father Santa in Germany, who brings gifts to children and others on December 24. While some children also believe that Santa will also bring gifts, candies on December 6th (St. Nicholas day). On the night of Christmas, Santa used to come and place gifts inside the socks of the children that were hanged in their room doors.

Brazil 

Brazil

Papai Noel is the gift-bringer in Brazil. Unlike Santa, he wears a red silk robe to keep himself cool during his travels. People in Brazil believe that he resides in Greenland and not in the north pole. Papai noel has a habit of representing the recipient person in a playful and unveiled manner to keep themselves entertained before receiving their gifts.

Holland 

Holland

There are two competing gift-givers in holland. They are Sinterklaas and Krampus. Dutch people say that the gift-giving tradition of Santa Claus was developed from the feast of Saint Nicholas. On December 5th, Sinterklaas used to send gifts to all people in dutch especially children, whereas Krampus used to send coal to naughty kids in the holland.

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