Santa Claus in American is a jolly, fat little man who wears a bright red suit. Our image comes from a Christmas poem written by Clement C. Moore in 1822. The poem is called “A Visit from Saint Nicholas”, and begins with the familiar, “Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house.” In this poem Santa is a round, jolly little man with twinkling eyes and smiling dimples. He rides in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer, as he delivers toys to waiting children. Children in America keep busy making their Santa lists, and dreaming about what he will bring them.
If the children have not behaved well during the year, Santa may bring them a lump of coal in their stockings, instead of toys.