Fun Facts about Santa Claus

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1. Santa Claus is actually an English pronunciation of the Dutch word “Sinterklaas”, which is translated  in English as Saint Nicholas.

2. The "Santa" sleigh is pulled by an all-female team. Reindeers all have antlers but male reindeers lose their antlers in winter, and females in summer.

Note that it is also possible Santa’s team is a yearly rotation of young male reindeers who haven’t yet lost their antlers. I prefer the girl power narrative. 😊

3. Santa has to cover about 218 million miles round the world. For this journey on Christmas Eve, he must travel 1,280 miles per second to reach everyone.

4. Santa's sleigh would weigh over 400,000 tons if it carried enough toys for all the children in the world. To carry that much weight, he would need over 360,000 (of most likely badass female) reindeer.

5. If you ever wonder why Santa is, err, overweight, here is why... Assuming each household in the whole world leaves out two chocolate chip cookies for him on Christmas Eve, he would eat 374 billion calories, 33,000 tons of sugar, and 151,000 tons of fat in one night.

Thank heavens we all don’t leave out treats for him. Winks.


6. And, if all 2 billion children Santa visits left a glass of milk (8 oz) for him, he would need to drink about 137 million gallons of milk overnight. A human stomach can hold just about 2 to 4 liters of liquid.

7. If Santa needs presents for nearly 2 billion children globally, and if, on average, each child's presents take 31.5 inches (80 cm) of wrapping paper, Santa needs about 1.6 million miles of wrapping paper. That is enough to wrap around the world 60 times (If you could gift the world to someone, who would it be?).

In Canada, Santa's postal code is H0H 0H0. You get it? Ho ho ho! Click To Tweet

8. Considering a change in career? There is a Santa Claus university in Colorado that teaches people how to become professional Santas. Courses include media training, posing, beard shaping, dressing, and more.

9. In Canada, Santa's postal code is H0H 0H0. You get it? Ho ho ho!

10. Believing in Santa Claus builds a child's imagination and ability to think of possibilities and potentialities. Books are the easiest way to introduce your child to dear old Santa and we've got lots of great stories in our library. Visit us at today.

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