delivers toys to children around the world on
Christmas Eve. He is usually depicted as a jolly, plump, fellow with a
white beard. He is said to live at the North Pole with Mrs.Claus where he
oversees a toy workshop run by busy elves.
Before Christmas, many little girls and boys write letters to Santa Claus. He spends his days reading over these letters to find out what the children want for Christmas. All year long he prepares for the big day. He and his elves make toys for all the girls and boys on Santa's list. When Christmas eve comes close, all the toys are put into a magical bag. Santa puts on his famous red suit (seen below) and then he hops into his sleigh.
It's not just any old sleigh though, it flies! This is a sleigh pulled by nine airborne reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen and Rudolph. Santa and his reindeer pals set out to deliver the gifts. The sleigh lands on top of houses so that Santa can take his bag and slide down the chimneys. Once he is in the house, without making a sound he will fill the stockings children hung and place gifts under the Christmas tree. He then will eat the milk and cookies that children leave out for him.
When the children wake up Christmas morning they find a pleasant surprise. Santa is now back home at the North Pole where Mrs.Claus, the elves, the reindeer, and himself, will soon be busy again getting ready for next Christmas.