[n] the legendary patron saint of children.

Also known as: Father Christmas, Kriss Kringle, Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, St. Nick.

Conventionally, Santa Claus is portrayed as a kindly, round-bellied, merry, bespectacled man in a red suit trimmed with white fur, with a long white beard. On Christmas eve, he rides in his flying sleigh (pulled by reindeer) from house to house to give presents to children. During the rest of the year he lives at the North Pole together with his wife, Mrs. Claus, and his elves who serve as his toy production staff. Traditionally, the names of his reindeer are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph, 'the red-nosed reindeer', was not one of the original reindeer, but has featured in many modern aspects of the Santa Claus myth, including the song of the same name.