Santa Claus or Father Christmas legendarily distributes presents to good children on Christmas morning under the tree. He plays an important part in the Christmas tradition on the planet Earth. The origin of Santa stems from a number of different centuries-old traditions, with the most iconic version of Santa being finalized in the early 20th century.
A later Doctor warned Santa of a future where the toy workshop spanned over 2000 worlds and the fabric of space was being torn upon by his time looping. A solution was found involving a fleet of robot Santas and newly calculated, more stable wormholes.(ST: The Man Who (Nearly) Killed Christmas)
Santa Claus (also known as Father Christmas) was an Earth mythological/religious/folk/commercial figure of European origin. He is primarily recognized as a magical giver of gifts during the Christmas holiday season, although the specifics and legends vary widely from region to region.
Worf dressed up as Father Christmas for a holiday party aboard the USS Enterprise-E, after losing a bet to Jasminder Choudhury. At the same event, T'Ryssa Chen dressed as one of Santa's elves. (TNG novel: Greater Than the Sum)
Santa Claus is one of the most famous and beloved icons of childhood folklore, whose name and visage has become symbolic with the holiday known as Christmas. In the old tradition, Santa Claus was thought of as a portly man, with a white beard who lived at the North Pole and managed a colony of elves who manufactured toys all throughout the year. On December 24th of each year, he would ride off in a sleigh driven by eight reindeer to distribute gifts to children around the world. He maintained a census of which children were naughty and which children were nice and doled out his gifts accordingly based upon whom he felt was the most deserving. This is the story that most children are raised to believe, but the true story of Santa Claus is steeped in mystery and conjecture.
By the account of magus John Constantine, the historical Santa Claus was actually Agios Nikolaus, born in Patara, Lycia (Turkey) in 270 AD. As an adult, Agios was appointed the Bishop of Myra, where he developed a reputation for performing miracles, such as resurrecting the dead. He was also known for his benevolence, charity and anonymously giving gifts to the poor. Agios Nikolaus passed away in 343 AD, upon which he ascended to sainthood. His remains were entombed in Myra until the 11th century when the Saracens invaded Turkey. The faithful disinterred Nikolaus’ remains and shipped them to the Basilica di San Nicola in Bari, Italy where they remained undisturbed for centuries. In 2008, John Constantine located the skeleton of Agios Nikolaus and arranged to have the remains shipped back to England for use in an occult ritual. In order to get the remains through customs, Constantine had them ground into powder and convinced the customs agent that it was gardening fertilizer. He used some of the powder for his ritual, then snorted the rest as if it were cocaine musing about how it was going to be a "White Christmas". Whether the skeleton that Constantine acquired really belonged to the actual Saint Nikolaus, or whether this individual was in fact Santa Claus is a matter of interpretation. 
Even if the original, corporeal body of Santa Claus no longer existed, the essence of Santa Claus proved to be truly immortal.
One year, a group of disgruntled thugs known as the Seal Men, decided to kidnap Santa Claus out of revenge for giving them "inappropriate" gifts. The Sandman Garrett Sanford, and his friend Jed, liberated Santa from the Seal Men and cleared up what was otherwise just an embarrassing misunderstanding. The Sandman and Jed then helped Santa to deliver presents to all of the children of the world that year. 
One rather biased account of Santa Claus however, did not paint him as a jolly old gift-giver, but rather as a merciless slave-owner. Known as Kris "Crusher" Kringle, this concept of Santa Claus was a brutal dictator who ran an empire out of his stronghold at the North Pole. He maintained an army of elves, and through a practice of planned malnutrition, was able to keep them short in stature and "fierce as ferrets". Several years ago, one of Crusher Kringle's primary rivals, the Easter Bunny, hired the intergalactic bounty hunter Lobo to assassinate Santa Claus. Accepting the Bunny’s payment, Lobo was only too happy to see the job through. He traveled to the North Pole and blazed a bloody trail of destruction as he massacred dozens of elves just to reach Kringle's throne room. Santa proved to be more than just a fat old man though. The two faced each other in mortal combat, and Santa came at Lobo with two sharpened shivs. Lobo would not be undone however, and defeated his adversary by decapitating him. After which, he went outside and shot Rudolph. Now while this account seems incredulous at best, Lobo has maintained that it did in fact take place. Even if some of Lobo's account is valid, Santa Claus still continues to exist in the hearts and minds of children across the globe. Although he seldom interacts with members of the super-hero community, there are those such as Superman and Impulse who can attest to Santa Claus’ existence.
Toy bag, said to be able to carry enough toys for all the good little girls and boys.
Sleigh drawn by eight to nine reindeer. The sleigh and reindeer are able to defy gravity and traverse continents, allowing Santa Claus to distribute the toys to the young children.
During Lobo's misadventure with "Crusher" Kringle, he wielded two sharpened shivs against the Czarnian bounty hunter.
Santa Claus is a traditional, secular figure of Christmas good cheer, generally depicted as a jolly fat, old man in a red suit. Other nations have their own variations, such as Father Christmas in England and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. Santa has appeared in several Muppet/Sesame Street specials over the years, portrayed by different human actors and occasionally depicted as a Muppet. Muppet characters have sometimes felt the urge to don the familiar beard as well.
|Arthur Godfrey||The Ed Sullivan Show
December 24, 1967
|Santa appears alongside Scudge, Gleep, and other monsters in a brief holiday sketch. Set entirely in his workshop, the monsters attempt to steal toys until Santa shows them kindness by giving them the playthings as a present.|
|unknown||Hey Cinderella!||"Santa Claus" appeared as one of the ball guests, telling one of the Stepsisters that she reminded him of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.|
|Art Carney||The Great Santa Claus Switch||This was Santa's first extended appearance in a Muppet production. Santa is an amiable figure, kind even to Cosmo Scam. He is also a hopeless amateur magician, forever practicing card tricks.|
|unknown||Fraggle Rock "Manny's Land of Carpets"||Uncle Traveling Matt encounters a department store Santa, who he assumes is a magical wish giving creature.|
|Anything Muppet||Sesame Street News Flash||A Pumpkin Anything Muppet (Frank Oz) appears as Santa Claus, apparently unsure of his own identity.|
||Anything Muppet||Sesame Street News Flash||In another News Flash sketch, Kermit the Frog interviews a Fat Blue Santa, asking how he gets down the chimney.|
||Whatnot||episode 305 of The Muppet Show||A Whatnot Santa appears during the line "everything's coming up sunshine and Santa Claus..."|
||unknown||Elmo Saves Christmas||A goodwill Santa stands in front of The Furry Arms Hotel.|
||Charles Durning||Elmo Saves Christmas||This Santa is rather crotchety and frustrated by the side effects of Elmo's wish. He also gets to sing "Every Day Can't Be Christmas."|
||Charles Edward Hall||Elmo's World: Happy Holidays||Elmo travels to the North Pole near the end of the special.|
|Dave "Squatch" Ward||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Fozzie runs into a compassionate Salvation Army Santa, and accidentally leaves his sack of money with him.|
|unknown||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||In a deleted scene, a jolly Santa, apparently convinced he's the real deal, regretfully informs Kermit that he can't appear in their big holiday production.|
||Muppet Poser||Macy's Windows, 2002||A poser puppet of Santa Claus helms his sleigh in the Macy's window display.|
||Kevin James||Elmo's Christmas Countdown||Kevin James shows another side of Santa Claus when he is issued a speeding ticket.|
||Richard Griffiths||A Muppet Christmas: Letters to Santa||The Muppets race to make sure that three letters make their way to Santa.|
||Anything Muppet||Weihnachten mit Ernie und Bert||Santa visits Ernie and Bert in their German apartment.|
|Baby Animal||Muppet Babies
|Baby Animal dressed up as Santa to show who would come down the chimney that Baby Piggy must clean.|
|Bert||Peter Alexander presents Specialties||Bert dresses as Santa in this German TV special from 1975.|
|Bert and Ernie||Sesame Street Magazine, December 1977||Bert and Ernie collaborate as Santa Claus.|
|Bert||Weihnachten mit Ernie & Bert||Bert takes part in Rumpel's Christmas song as Santa on Die grosse Sesamstrasse Musikshow"|
|Big Bird||The Sesame Street Postcard Book||Big Bird taking on the role of Santa with Snuffy taking on the role of the reindeer.|
|Ernie||Sesame Street calendar, unknown year||Ernie appears as Santa, with Bert as his reindeer.|
|The Big Bad Wolf||Muppet Classic Theatre||The wolf dresses as Santa to infiltrate Sandy Pig's home.|
|Bobo the Bear||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Bobo is asked to fill in for the absent Santa.|
|Cookie Monster||Elmo Saves Christmas||Cookie Monster dresses as Santa in order to trick Elmo out of his plate of cookies.|
|Cosmo Scam||The Great Santa Claus Switch||Cosmo Scam poses as Santa.|
||Doc||A Muppet Family Christmas||Doc appears as Santa at the end of the special, passing out presents.|
|Doc Hogg||Bear in the Big Blue House "A Berry Bear Christmas"||Doc appears as "Santa Hogg" at the Woodland Valley Mall.|
|Fozzie Bear||Muppet Magazine issue 5||Fozzie dresses as Santa for the Muppet Magazine Christmas party.|
||Gonzo||episode 517 of The Muppet Show||Gonzo's chickens play the part of Santa's reindeer in a holiday mix-up medley.|
||Herry Monster||Elmo's Delicious Christmas||Herry dresses as Santa Claus to help collect toys and food for needy families.|
||Grover||Grover's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas||Grover takes on the role of Santa Claus to leave presents on Sesame Street.|
||Herry Monster||Sesamstrasse magazine||Herry dresses as Santa Claus on a 1980 Sesamstrasse magazine cover.|
|Kermit the Frog||The Miss Piggy Cover Girl Fantasy Calendar||Kermit plays the role of Santa coming down the chimney.|
|Kermit the Frog||Hallmark wall decoration||Kermit dresses as Santa, with Miss Piggy holidng mistletoe over his head, on this 1977 wall decoration by Hallmark. The same picture can be seen in the dressing rooms of the Muppet Show.|
|Kermit the Frog||Jim Henson's Muppets Annual 1983||Remake to the 1977 picture (pictured above).|
|Kermit the Frog||The Christmas Toy||Kermit delivered his traditional holiday introduction for The Christmas Toy after climbing down the chimney.|
||Kermit the Frog||Santa Kermit doll||Released in 1990 by "Presents," a division of Hamilton Gifts.|
|Miss Piggy||"Kermit's Christmas Diary", Jim Henson's Muppets Annual 1982||Santa Claus can't make it for Christmas Day, so Miss Piggy cheers up Robin by dressing up as "Mother Christmas."|
|Mr. Snuffleupagus||Christmas Eve on Sesame Street||Snuffy assumes the role of Santa for scientific purposes, in an attempt to demonstrate how someone as large as Santa can fit down a tiny chimney.|
|Oscar the Grouch||A Sesame Street Christmas Carol||Christmas Carole transforms Oscar when he won't come out of his can.|
|The Swedish Chef||Palisades Toys||The Santa Chef Action Figure was released as Palisades' 2004 holiday figure.|
|Taminella Grinderfall||Tales of the Tinkerdee||Taminella poses as Santa as part of her scheme to steal Princess Gwendolinda's birthday presents.|
||Two-Headed Monster||A Muppet Family Christmas||The Monster plays jolly Saint Nick in the Sesame Street gang's Christmas pageant.|
|Waldorf||Muppet Magazine issue 17||Waldorf plays the role of Santa in the Muppet Babies comic book adaptation of "A Visit from St. Nicholas".|
|Wilkins||Wilkins Coffee commercial||Wilkins plays Santa, with Wontkins as his reindeer.|
Promotional photo for A Muppet Family Christmas
Promotional photo for "A Berry Bear Christmas"
Santa Claus appears in a number of Muppet and Sesame Street books, including:
The Sesame characters visit Santa Claus at P.C. Nickles Department Store in:
Muppet characters also pretend to be Santa in other books:
The following actors, who have appeared in Muppet/Henson productions, have portrayed Santa in other film or television appearances.
History of character is unknown.
|Release date||Unknown edit|
|Location||2008: Jack Frost's hideout
2009: Land of Snow
|Examine||A jolly distributor of presents.|
|Notable features||Husband to the Queen of Snow and father to Jack Frost.|
Santa Claus (also known as Nick or Nicklaus) is a non-player character who made an appearance as part of the 2008 Christmas event and 2009 Christmas event. He is the father of Jack Frost, and husband to the Queen of Snow.
Santa is seen not wearing a Santa hat, but is instead wearing a hood. The current Santa Claus is very different from the 2004 Christmas event version: Father Christmas. The graphically updated Santa wears a different set of clothing and is much more obese.
In the 2008 Christmas event, his son, Jack Frost, freezes him, his sleigh and his four reindeers. Usually, Santa Claus is supposed to have 8 reindeers, excluding Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer.
When he was defrosted, players were awarded with the four pieces of the Santa suit.
Santa Claus returns in 2009 Christmas event. In this event, the Christmas-hating Ebenezer Scourge kidnaps him and steals the food prepared for the Christmas feast organised by the Queen of Snow. Scourge does this to seek revenge on the Queen of Snow.
Santa Claus is freed when players, wearing the Ghost costume, scare Ebenezer Scourge by pretending to be the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. If players wore the costume and talked to Santa Claus, he mistakes the player for a real ghost, but quickly realises that the ghost is the player.
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In the Star Wars: X-wing computer game, when the date is set for 25/12, Santa Claus appears on the Independence concourse menu. In LEGO Star Wars II, if the codes 'CL4U5H' and 'TYH319' are entered at the Mos Eisley Cantina, then Disguise 3 is activated in the Extras menu, A very Santa-like character can be built using the character customizer. This character is specifically identified as Santa Claus in a StarWars.com news item.
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