• Jonathan Shiek

A Look At Different Santas Around The World

We all know Santa Claus as a jolly, boisterous man in a red suit on a mission to deliver a bag full of toys to children around the world. But do you know that the jolly, white haired man is not the only version of this legendary icon?

From Father Christmas in the UK, to Sinterklaas in the Netherlands who rides horses in Austria and Germany, here’s how Santa is portrayed in 5 countries in the world.

Father Christmas (United Kingdom)

Traditions are natural in the British Christmas, Yorkshire pudding and turkey for dinner, kids playing with firecrackers and Santa or Father Christmas in a green suit.

Although Father Christmas are more popular with a red suit, but traditionally, Father Christmas wears a hooded green cloak suit.

Sinterklaas (Netherlands)

Sinterklaas comes riding around town on a white horse, wearing a traditional red color, with a red bishop’s hat and a jeweled staff. He knocks on doors to bring the gifts of Christmas to good children, while his companion Grampus, rattles chains and threatens naughty kids to kidnap them.

Sinterklaas is the Dutch version of Santa which resembles St. Nicholas who is a saint of children which is the inspiration of the modern Santa Claus.

Christkind (Austria, Switzerland and Germany)

Christkind or “Christ Child” is a charitable female gift giver who leaves presents for children on Christmas Eve, similar to the traditional Santa Claus. She appears wearing a crown and long curly hair.

Christkind’s appearance and peaceful vibe is inspired by baby Jesus Himself. Every year, the city of Nuremberg in Germany chooses a child to play part of Christkind during the holiday market and celebration known as Christkindlmarkt.


Los Reyes Magos (Spain) In Spain, children are visited not by one, but three figures on El Dia De Reyes, the day that three wise men finally reached baby Jesus on January 6.

In the days leading to El Dia de Reyes, children in most Hispanic countries like Spain and Mexico write letters to the favorite figure, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar talking about the gifts that they wish to receive that year for being good.

At the night of El Dia De Reyes, children would leave out sweets for their favorite figure and hay for the camels that they ride. The next day, the offerings will be replaced by presents.

Yule Lads (Iceland)

During the 13 nights before Christmas, Icelandic children place their shoes by the window in hope that the 13 Yule Lads will exchange them for gifts or candies.

While misbehaved children will receive rotten potatoes instead.

Well, that’s spud-tacular!

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