The name Santa Claus comes from the Dutch "Sinterklaas", which means Saint Nicholas.
Nicholas was Bishop of Myra, in modern-day Turkey, during the 4th century.
By the 1880s, the public depiction of Santa had evolved into the robed, fur clad, form we now recognize, possibly based on the English figure of Father Christmas.
Christmas carols started as Christmas hymns back in fourth century Rome.
The press praised it as a brilliant blend of technology and tradition, calling it "a giant leap forward in holiday revelry".
Each year since, millions of children and adults worldwide have helped make chatting with Santa into a 21st century Christmas tradition.
A little known fact about Christmas is that from 1647-1660, England's Puritan rulers passed a law that made Christmas illegal (although pro-Christmas rioting broke out in protest).
According to the Bible, Jesus was born to Mary, assisted by her husband Joseph, in a stable surrounded by farm animals in the city of Bethlehem.Scotland also abolished the observance of Christmas, from 1640 until 1958 when it became a Scottish public holiday again.By the 1700s and early 1800s, the observance of Christmas had dwindled. Santa is getting ready for Christmas, have a chat with Santa on his tea break. Santa enjoys a chat with people from around the world. Write using your best spelling to make sure Santa understands.