1. Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) was originally known as Saint Nicholas. He is the patron saint of children. He is also the patron saint of sailors.

2. Before 1931, Santa had always been shown wearing other colours. A Coca Cola advertising campaign, showing an image of him in red and white, became the familiar Santa Claus we now know.

3. With a global population of over seven billion people, the elves in Santa’s workshop need to make more than five million presents every day of the year to meet demands.

4. Santa has a calculated 31 hours to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west.

5. In 1999, Santa Claus had to visit an estimated 42,466,666 homes across North America and Europe on Christmas Eve. That’s 983 homes per second.

6. In Poland, Santa Claus distributes gifts on the 6th of December.

7. Santa’s ninth reindeer was originally named Rollo – and then Reginald – before Robert L. May settled on Rudolph in his 1939 song.

8. In India, Father Christmas is known as Christmas Father.

9. The American state of Indiana has a town called Santa Claus, and in Alaska there is a town called North Pole.

10. There are more than 2,700 languages in the world. Santa is fluent in all of them. In addition, he speaks a secret elf language.

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