It’s not Just Santa

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,

Santa moved about more quietly than a mouse.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

being filled quickly by Saint Nicholas there.

He has to move quickly to get to the others,

often helped by the children’s fathers and mothers.

Did you know that Santa Claus doesn’t actually do everything in one night? He doesn’t even deliver all the gifts to the entire world! He only does it for America, it sounds like, for Saint Nick goes through Latvia and many other northern European countries, the three wise men themselves take care of Spain and Portugal and the countries influenced by them, Father Christmas for England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, and someone a little different for Italy, a sweet old witch named Befana. Speaking of, did you know that there are four different dates children receive presents around Christmas time? Saint Nicholas comes either on the eve of his Catholic feast day of December sixth or Christmas eve, Father Christmas and Santa Claus only comes on Christmas eve,  the three wise men and Befana deliver presents on the eve of Epiphany, January fifth, while Saint Basil delivers gifts on New Year’s eve, New Year’s day being his feast day. Makes things pretty easy for Santa, doesn’t it? And now you know about all the other ones who deliver gifts to certain parts of the world! And who knows, there could be more who deliver presents to the other parts of the world that I don’t know about, though Pere Noel deserves a mention in the line of present deliverers.

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