Friday, 16 December 2016

Day 3 of Blogmas - All about Santa!

Today marks my third day of 12 days of Blogmas! I can't believe that the year is drawing to a close. I hope you've been enjoying the Blogmas posts so far. In case, you missed yesterday's post click here to read about Christmas traditions and memories. To make sure you don't miss a post, like the blog on Facebook.






















In celebration of the festive period I decided to dedicate this post to a special man; a man that many children love at this time of year. Santa, St Nick, St Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, whatever you wish to call him. Starting with 10 interesting facts about him:

  • The Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Santa Clauses is held by Thrissur, Kerala, India, where on 27th December 2014, 18115 Santas came.
  • Children have long sent Santa letter, which typically contain wishlists. Many postal services allow kids to send letters to Santa. These letters might be answered by postal workers and/or volunteers.
  • Every country has different traditions, I mean every family tends to be slightly different. For example, America and Canada leave Santa milk and a plate of cookies on Christmas Eve. However, Britain and Australia tend to leave sherry or beer with mince pies.
  • His bones leak miracle juice.
  • Department store Santa is a 120 year old tradition
  • The Santa suit originates from Coca-Cola. In 1931, they issued a massive ad campaign that feature Santa in coke's red and white colours. Since then, it's been hard to imagine him anything else
  • Santa was a bachelor until the late 1800s.
  • Thomas Nast, famous newspaper artist found inspiration for his extremely popular painting of today's Santa from Clement C. Moore's world famous poem, The Night Before Christmas ("A Visit from St. Nicholas"). Nast was the first person to paint the first definitive portrait of our present day Santa in 1870.
  • His fame spread rapidly during Middle Ages and thousands of churches that are dedicated to him.
  • In China, he's called Shengdan Laoren.
Santa plays a big part in growing up for children. It is the start of imagination alongside fairy-godmothers and the tooth fairy! I was 11 when I stopped believing he existed; just before going to high school. It is embarrassing in a way, but demonstrates how lucky I was as a child. I managed to believe despite friends admitting they'd seen their parents at the end of their beds etc.


How old were you when you discovered Santa wasn't real? I hope I didn't ruin it for you with this post!

























28 comments:

  1. Lovely post! I would have LOVED to see that Santa meet-up, that would have been so funny (and possibly a little scary haha!) x

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  2. I was eight and it was a week before Christmas. My eldest daughter has also figured out that Santa isn't real so tis year, she is playing Santa to her little sister.

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  3. Ive never heard of leaving santa beer or cider so its funny to hear its classed as a uk tradition. Ive always left milk and cookies :)

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    1. Some sort of drink, not sure mine was milk. Used to leave mince pies but sometimes it was carrots or something random lol x

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  4. I loved this post, I was about 10-11 I think so long ago I can't remember x

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    1. Aww good ๐Ÿ˜Š I just remember because it was the Christmas before high school lol x

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  5. I stopped believing in santa at a very young age, in fact more than anything it made christmas even better. I remember going to a restaurant on christmas eve when i was about 8 and they had santa coming around every table. Right away i knew it wasn't santa because i recognized him as the restaurant manager. This manager was very young and very short. When he came to our table i was like 'you're not santa, you're that man who works out the front.' He looked embarrassed and said to my dad 'how did she know.' It's memories like that i look back at with joy, not how me stopping believing in santa ruined xmas.

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    1. Adults think kids are stupid. I never believed the in-store santas were real! All I meant is Christmas is about kids, can be more magical then and more exciting as they open their gifts! Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„

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  6. I love all these unique facts about Santa! I unfortunately I never got to believe in Santa because of my parents religious beliefs but I will raise my kids to believe in Santa some day! It's such a magical experience I believe!

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    1. There are good and bad to santa I guess I just think it opens up the imagination. I used to think it was cruel to lie to your kids but not like that x

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  7. These are great history facts. I can remember the st Nicholas and putting candy canes in our shoes at school. so many traditions I think are lost but so many keep going.

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    1. Yeah things change but new traditions start too. Sure some do that too x

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  8. Santa's bones leak miracle juice? That's a new one to me, and just a little bit odd - how do they know?! Lol! Ah, I miss the magical days of believing in Santa.

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    1. Dunno it is weird! When I read that, I knew I had to share it. It's definitely one I'd never heard before ๐Ÿ˜‚ me too! No young ones in my immediate family either to enjoy it a bit more x

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  9. Oh I didn't know many of these facts about Santa but I always believe santa was invented by Coca Cola company lol as their Christmas ad for me signals start of Christmas

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    1. Me neither! Dad always said they invented santa x

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  10. Some of these facts I didnt know but I do love the magic of Santa x

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  11. I find so funny these facts, specially that he was a bachelor until the 1800 hehe. Also, before coke's ad santa used to wear green :)

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    1. Yeah apparently so among other colours x

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  12. I think I was quite young when I stopped believing, I questioned why my mum and Santa used the same wrapping paper and guessed he wasn't real! x

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    1. Clever kid! I believed every lie my mum made up to keep me believing lol x

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  13. I think I was about 6 or 7 when I discovered Santa wasn't real as I heard my parents pull the presents down from the loft to put downstairs. I didn't let on I knew though as I had a younger brother and didn't want him to know the truth x

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    1. Well that's nice of you. Funny you always remember how you came tovrealise her wasn't true x

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  14. Until I read this I didn't know how little I knew about Santa! LOL. Although I did hear that his suit was pretty much created by Coca Cola. I would love to know what people thought he looked like before that!

    Louise x

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    1. Until I researched I didn't lol pretty similar just wore lots of different things x

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