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15 popular and perhaps surprising quotations about Santa Claus

Are you writing (or reading) about Santa Claus, as Christmas approaches? From novelists to speechwriters, and from poets to news columnists, wordsmiths weave stories pertaining to this beloved holiday figure each December.

Exceedingly popular for generations, Santa Claus is also known in various parts of the world as Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Pleznickel, Kanakaloka, Pere Noel, Sinter Klaas, St. Nicholas, or Saint Nick. However he’s tagged, the secret toy-toting Christmas visitor is a holiday favorite and the subject of countless seasonal stories, jokes, poem, songs, quips, and quotes.

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Here are 15 popular and perhaps surprising quotations about Santa Claus to share this Christmas season.

These Santa-related statements, gathered from multiple sources and attributed to various speakers and writers, include comical and ironic and perhaps even thought-provoking sentiments.

  1. “Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.” Gary Allan (1967-____), American country singer

  1. “Santa Claus had the right idea. Visit people only once a year.” Victor Borge (1909-2000), Danish comedian and pianist

  1. “Of course there is a Santa Claus. It’s just that no single somebody could do all he has to do. So the Lord has spread the task among us all. That’s why everybody is Santa Claus. I am. You are.” Truman Capote (1924-1984), American author

  1. “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” George Carlin (1937-2008), American comedian

  1. “Christmas at my house is always at least six or seven times more pleasant than anywhere else. We start drinking early. And while everyone else is seeing only one Santa Claus, we'll be seeing six or seven.” WC Fields (1880-1946), American humorist

  1. “I think we've taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don't stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and - for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything.” Billy Graham (1918-____), American evangelist

  1. “Santa Claus wears a Red Suit, He must be a communist. And a beard and long hair, Must be a pacifist. What's in that pipe that he's smoking?” Arlo Guthrie (1947-____), American folk singer

  2. “A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.” Herbert Hoover (1874-1964), 31st US President

  1. “Here's what we know about Santa. He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good. I think he's with the NSA.” David Letterman (1947-____), American television host

  1. “All the world is happy when Santa Claus comes.” Maud Lindsay (1874-1941), American educator

  1. “I played Santa Claus many times, and if you don't believe it, check out the divorce settlements awarded my wives.” Groucho Marx (1890-1977), American comedian and actor

  1. “Sometimes I even dress up like Santa Claus.” Dolly Parton (1946-____), American country music star

  1. “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” Shirley Temple (1928-2014), American actress

  2. “Whenever anyone was unselfish, that was Santa Claus. Christmas Eve was the time when everybody was unselfish. On that one night, Santa Claus was everywhere, because everybody, all together, stopped being selfish and wanted other people to be happy. And in the morning you saw what that had done.” Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), American author

  1. “The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now Santa Claus is missing.” Steven Wright (1955-____), American comedian

Such quotations about Santa Claus make novel enclosures for holiday greeting cards, as well as intriguing conversation starters for seasonal gatherings. After all, it’s a fair bet the jolly old elf himself has a hearty sense of humor and a healthy dose of reality.

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