Santa Claus has many different names around the world including Father Christmas in the UK, Pere Noel in France, Kriss Kringle in Germany, La Befana in Italy, Julinesse in Denmark, Dedushka Moroz (meaning Grandfather Frost) in Russia and the Three Kings i
The tradition of putting tangerines in stockings comes from 12th-century French nuns who left socks full of fruit, nuts and tangerines at the houses of the poor.
US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm's Christmas promotion in 1938.
Although now mostly vegetarian, in Victorian times, mince pies were made with beef and spices.
In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world's biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.