In the US we affectionately know him as Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, or even Kris Kringle. What does everyone else call him around the world? While you may have trouble pronouncing it, you will get the idea. I was surprised to see that the image of our beloved bearer of gifts is mostly consistent all over the globe. I personally think that Finland’s is the most fun to say!
Belgium- Pere Noel
Brazil- Papai Noel
Chile- Viejo Pascuero (“Old Man Christmas”)
China- Dun Che Lao Ren (“Christmas Old Man”)
France- Pere Noel
Germany- Weihnachtsmann (“Christmas Man”)
Hungary- Mikulas (St. Nicholas)
Italy- Babbo Natale (Babbo means father)
Japan- Hoteiosho (a god or priest who bears gifts)
Norway- Julenissen (“Christmas gnome”)
Poland- Swiety Mikolaj (St. Nicholas)
Russia- Ded Moroz (“Grandfather Frost”)
Sweden- Tomte (a gnome) and his brownie helper, Jultomten
United Kingdom- Father Christmas
Merry Christmas! Frohe Weihnachten! Joyeux Noël! Buon Natale! メリークリスマス!
С Рождеством! Vrolijk kerstfeest! God jul! Mutlu Noeller!