Santa Claus has been a fixture of Christmas for centuries, but he goes under many different names: Kris Kringle, St. Nicholas, Father Christmas.

Here’s what the “jolly old elf” is called around the world:


Brazil: Papai Noel

China: Shengdan Laoren

Hungary: Mikulas

Italy: Babbo Natale

Netherlands: Sinterklaas

Portugal: Pai Natal

Russia: Ded Moroz

Sweden: Jultomten

Turkey: Noel Baba

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