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Old story where Santa Claus is a 007-like secret agent?

"Santa Claus vs. S.P.I.D.E.R." by Harlan Ellison, published in 1969. Synopsis from this review: What if Santa Claus were a real person, of strange and mysterious origins, and the Christmas ...
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Santa's Omniscience in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

The "naughty or nice" reference, whilst widely accepted as canon, is from "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town", a Christmas song written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on ...
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Santa's Omniscience in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

Based on the original "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer" comic/poem by Robert L. May (on which the song was based), it should be noted that the reindeer that teased poor Rudolf were not the same reindeer ...
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Is Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street meant to be the real Santa?

The original film's co-writers, Valentine Davies and George Seaton, argued about whether their Santa should be "real" or not. Seaton, who also directed the film, described this in a later ...
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Short story - small group of telepathic children searching for Santa Claus' workshops

This is Christmas Treason, a short story by James White. It was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in the Christmas time edition in 1961 (it was in the January, 1962 ...
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Where did the name Kris Kringle come from?

It's an Americanized pronunciation of Christkindl, meaning "Christ child" in southern German. In southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, it is conventionally believed that the baby Jesus brings ...
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80s (70s?) Christmas scifi programme. Alien befriends young boy and dresses as Santa

I cannot believe I know this, but it is the French Canadian film le martien de Noël from 1971. Two kids meet a Martian out in the snow, teach him a bit about the Earth (or at least, Quebec), and at ...
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What is Dropo's purpose?

Kimar was the chief of the Martians and Dropo was his servant. He was basically an assistant to him and a helping hand to his wife. True that he basically does nothing in the film but at the end Santa ...
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How old is L. Frank Baum's Santa Claus?

Textual evidence seems to rule out the following possibilities: Bronze Age? Neolithic? Paleolithic? Before humans left Africa? The young Claus ages at normal human rates. When he has reached the age ...
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What Happened to the previous Mrs Claus when Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) took over the role as Santa?

There were no previous Mrs. Clauses. Previous Santas were supernatural beings without families In the 2022 sequel series "The Santa Clauses" the whole Santa-Verse is retconned. Per this ...
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Short story/radio play where Santa is an Alien

This might be "Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale" by Kurt Andersen. It appears to have been originally broadcast in Dec 24, 2010 according to the episode page on PRI.org. Kurt Andersen’s ...
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Is Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street meant to be the real Santa?

Right at the end of the movie, when Natalie Wood, John Payne, and Maureen O'hara explore the dream house, there is a cane right beside the fireplace. The Kris Kringle character uses a cane. Is it Kris'...
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Is Kris Kringle from Miracle on 34th Street meant to be the real Santa?

According to Wikipedia, in the 1947 film the judge dismisses the case when Fred suggests that because the Post Office delivered mail to him, this was evidence that at least one branch of the federal ...
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Santa's Omniscience in "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer"

Your question appears to be based on a false premise. According to the song, he's: "Gonna find out who's naughty or nice." Since he does not know that but must find it out, he cannot be omniscient....
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How does Narnia's Father Christmas work?

Could Father Christmas be a star? Like Coriakin and Ramandu in the Voyage of the Dawn Treader? It would clear up why he is only truly seen in Narnia where other 'figments of man's myths and ...
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