What does Santa Claus look like?
|Nov 6, 2008 01:53|
Christmas is the most significant festival for the western folks, right? So far as I know, Christmas is widely celebrated in the world. Canada, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand. It is celebrated in the same time November. The problem is: November is very cold in North Hemisphere (UK, Canada, USA, etc.), while it is hot in the South Hemisphere( New Zealand, Australia) Does the Santa Claus in USA (North Hemisphere) dress like the same as its counterpart in Australia (South Hemisphere)? In USA, Santa Claus wear the thick clothes to ward off cold? What does Santa Claus look like in Australia and NZ?
|Nov 6, 2008 03:09||#1|
||Aragorn, the real Santa has never actually been seen.
The closest I’ve ever been to sighting him was the whiff of a cigar and someone saying Ho Ho Ho with my front lawn covered in reindeer poop.
But he did used to visit our house every Christmas eve with a knock on the door. By the time we had opened it he was gone leaving a sack of presents.
My boys did finally work out who he was. My answer was “the day you stop believing is the day he stops coming” So the charade lasted a little longer.
As to what he wears: His sledge is probably fully air conditioned.
|Nov 6, 2008 03:42||#2|
|GUEST6503||Never see him. By the way, I have a question. Why do they wear red coats and hats? Why do they all have white beard? Sorry. I raised two questions.|
|Nov 6, 2008 03:48||#3|
||Gosh! I made a mistake. Christmas is in December. Sorry. Dodger, Santa Claus step into the house through the Chimney. In the South Hemisphere, he must be in sandals and vest.|
|Nov 6, 2008 04:24||#4|
||Aragorn, the Santa suit that we see today was actually a marketing ploy by Coca Cola sometime in the 1920’s? The original colour may have been blue or green?
He lives somewhere around the North Pole so the hat and the big coat and big boots are a must have.
He is supposed to have derived from Saint Nicholas a Bishop in Greece in the 3rd centaury AD,
Known for his love of children.
Hence the white beard; he’s been around for a long time.
Every European country has a slightly different version of the Santa story.
He has been spotted in Darwin and Alice Springs (allegedly) wearing shorts and a singlet, and has been known to accept the odd class of beer while doing his rounds.
|Nov 6, 2008 10:50||#5|
||You all wonder in the dark, ho ho ho.
The real Santa lives in Finland, of course. Even a child knows that. (at least all finnish children)
|Nov 6, 2008 10:56||#6|
||I was Santa one year, handing presents at the English National Board for Nursing Christmas Party, I nearly gave the game away when I came to hand out my own, ho ho ho, someone quick thinking told everyone I had gone to sort out an emergency, phew
I was knackered after all those quick changes back into my Uniform but I got away with it, I was getting confused myself at times and almost walked back in wearing the false beard, he he
I met up with the IT manager some years later and he said it always puzzled him who Santa was that year, he thought was me but every time he looked I was there in my security uniform, I told him I kept slipping out of the back door and getting changed into the santa outfit and walking in the front door.
|Nov 7, 2008 08:33||#8|
||Yup....an imaginary figure derived from the legends of old folklore and revived in the Western world to promote commercialism. You know, go forth and consume stuff. Nice... if there is money and credit to be spent.
I'm not sure how Santa Claus would be accepted in parts of Africa or the Middle East or other parts of the world where famine and war exists.
They would probably tell him and his "bag of goodies" to stick it up to where the sun doesn't shine.
|Nov 8, 2008 05:25||#9|
||In Australia and New Zealand, maybe Santa from the South Pole (too far to travel from the North Pole)? Although I have never been to Australia during Christmas, I guess Santa still wears the same red and white uniform with white beard.|
|Nov 8, 2008 07:05||#10|
||Wan, Santa defiantly lives at the North Pole. I have it from a really reliable source.
Carlos the tiger is completely wrong. Perhaps a case of too much single malt, although I do admire his taste in scotch.
Where he may be confused is that the reindeer graze in Finland during the summer, so an easy mistake to make I suppose.
The Santa stand- ins in Oz and New Zealand do still wear the traditional gear except in the Outback where it is just too hot.
What I can’t work out is how he gets to visit every household in one night, but perhaps some things are never meant to be fully understood.
On the down side however, I always think it’s a shame the spirit of Christmas couldn’t be extended to the other 364 days of the year no matter what our belief systems are and no matter what deities we believe in.
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