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Join Andy Stanley for a video on the true meaning of Christmas from the Gospel of Luke.
Santa Claus, sometimes called Saint Nicholas, is a legendary figure who brings gifts to the homes of the good children during the late evening and overnight hours of Christmas Eve, December 24th.
The North Pole
Legend has it that Santa Claus lives in the far north, in a land of perpetual snow. The American version of Santa Claus has him living at his house on the North Pole, while Father Christmas is said to reside in the mountains of Lapland Province, Finland.
Santa Claus lives with his wife Mrs. Claus, a countless number of magical elves, and eight flying reindeer; nine if you count Rudolph. Santa Claus makes a list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior ("naughty" or "nice").
On Christmas Eve he delivers presents which include toys, candy, and other gifts to all of the good boys and girls in the world, and sometimes coal to the naughty children. He accomplishes this feat in a single night with the aid of the elves who make the toys in the workshop and the reindeer who pull his sleigh.
Why Do We Get and Give Presents on Christmas?
One of the main reasons presents are given and received on Christmas is to remind participants of the presents given to Jesus by the Wise Men. In the US, presents are commonly left under the tree or in stocking hung around a fireplace, but that is not the case in other parts of the world, presents are left in shoes or boots left out by children as well.