How old is Santa Claus?

“…With a little old driver, so lively and quick I knew straight away it must be St. Nick…” According to the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Santa Claus has aged well and still gets around the world in a night and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

But I’m in my (cough, cough) 40’s, and he’s been a staple of my life around Christmas time for as long as I can remember. If he was old then, he must be even older now, but you can’t tell by looking at him.

Perhaps St. Nick holds a secret to keeping up appearances and aging gracefully. After all, the Santa Claus we see in books, movies, and in the malls is a white-haired, elderly old gentleman who certainly couldn’t travel the world bringing presents to all the good little boys and girls in just one night.


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