Santa is depicted as a white bearded, jolly fat man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs and black boots. He lives at the north pole and delivers gifts to all the children of the world during Christmas Eve, He has help from the elves in his workshop, who make toys all year round, and delivers the presents on a flying sleigh pulled by reindeer.
He keeps a list of children which notes if they have been well behaved. Traditionally children will receive either candy or toys if they are good, or coal if they have been naughty. On Christmas Eve children will often put out stockings by the chimney to receive gifts, and perhaps a carrot for Rudolf and a sherry for Santa.
Today, the story of Santa Claus is told to children all over the world and is a magical part of the festive period.
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