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Q&A: By any other name, he's still Santa

By any other name, still Santa

In the United States, Santa Claus also is known as Kris Kringle and Saint Nicholas (or Saint Nick). What is he called in other countries?

Here's a smattering of what the jolly fat man is called in other countries: England, Father Christmas; Japan, santakurosu; Egypt, Papa Noel; Brazil, Papai Noel; Mexico, Santo Clos; Spain, Reyes Magos or Papa Noel; Lithuania, Senis Saltis (Old Man Frost); Italy, Babbo Natale (Father Christmas); Greece, Saint Basil; Germany, Weihnachtsmann (Christmas Man); France, Pere Noel (Father Christmas); Bulgaria, Grandfather Christmas; Austria, Christkind (Christ Child); Albania, Grandfather Christmas; Latvia, Christmas Pop; South Africa, Sinterklaas; Wales, Sion Corn (Chimney John); Finland, Joulupukki (Yule Buck).

Looking for Christmas movie

I have been looking for a Christmas TV movie called If You Believe, which starred Hayden Panettiere and Ally Walker. Is it available on DVD?

The 1999 movie was released on DVD several years ago, and more recently in a package with a second movie, Holiday for Love. If your local video retailer cannot order it for you, it is for sale at several online vendors, including Movies Unlimited (

Cost of making Christmas bright

How much energy do Christmas decoration lights burn?

Christmas lights come in a variety of styles and sizes. The EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse,, has calculated the cost to light an 8-foot tree for one season, based on five hours per day for 30 days. The old-time standard string of 300 mini-lights can range from 108 to 144 watts and can cost up to $1.78 per season. An incandescent big-bulb string of 125 lights uses 750 watts, at 6 watts per bulb, and can cost up to $9 per season. LED bulbs are energy-efficient. A string of 280 mini-ice LED bulbs burns at 14 watts, and costs 17 cents per season, and a string of 300 multicolor bulbs burn 24 watts, and can cost 30 cents per season. These figures are based on a cost calculated at 8.23 cents/kilowatt hour.

Most bell ringers are paid

Do Salvation Army bell ringers get paid or are they volunteers? If paid, how much?

The majority of bell ringers are paid because not enough people volunteer. Bell ringers make between $7 and $8 an hour.

The Red Kettle Christmas Campaign collects food, toys and clothing during the Christmas season and helps millions of other Americans recovering from all kinds of personal disasters nationwide. The Red Kettle campaign was started in San Francisco in 1891. It is the Salvation Army's most prominent fundraiser.

Q&A: By any other name, he's still Santa 12/23/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:33am]
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