Santa’s List Day is celebrated on December 4th in America. On this day, Santa is busy filling his list of who deserves gifts for Christmas. Unfortunately, children who have been naughty this year will be finding coal instead of presents in their socks in the morning! But, Santa is generous and may change his mind at the last minute.
It is unclear who founded Santa’s List Day, but it is thought to have stemmed from the popular song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. The prototype of Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, who was known for helping travelers, but mostly children. The legend tells of Saint Nicholas finding a poor family, with the father living with three daughters and unable to provide them with a dowry. To help, Saint Nicholas secretly gave them a bag of gold, but asked them not to reveal who had provided it. The tradition of putting gifts in socks began here, and now Santa is a huge part of folklore and Christmas celebrations.
- A white beard and red suit are symbols of Santa, designed by The Coca-Cola Company.
- In 1655, Christmas was excluded from the list of holidays in the United States, and Santa along with it.
- Santa was a bachelor for some time, but his wife is mentioned in the story “The Legend of Christmas” in 1849.
How to take part
If you want to be on Santa’s good list this year, be sure to do good deeds! Help strangers on the street, treat a poor person to a meal, bring your colleagues morning coffee. Learn more about Santa and the legends behind him, and tell your children about him. Also, ask them to write a letter to Santa!
When is Santa’s List Day celebrated in 2023?
Santa’s List Day is observed on December 4 each year.