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SANTA CLAUS

(Also answers to St. Nick, St. Nicholas and -- popularized by "Miracle on 34th Street" -- Kriss Kringle)

AGE: Timeless. "A thousand years from now ... 10 times 10,000 years from now I will continue to make glad the heart of childhood."

FAMILY: Wife, Jessica Mary Claus, who was introduced in the 1849 short story, "A Christmas Legend" by James Rees, but whose name wasn't revealed until the 1970s when we learned in "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" that she was a teacher with whom a young, skinny Santa fell in love; nine reindeer; and a toy shop filled with too many elves to count.

HOME: "The hearts and minds of the child in all of us." Mailing address: North Pole

JOB: Embody the spirit of giving; also sleigh driver and chimney sweep; conduct woodworking, mechanical engineering and computer technology classes for elves

EDUCATION: Studied with St. Nicholas of Smyrna; Francis Church, editorial writer for the Baltimore Sun; authors Washington Irving and Clement C. Moore

HOBBIES: Building snowmen, planting fir trees, standing under mistletoe

WHEN YOU WERE A KID YOU WANTED TO BE: An ice road trucker

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW: "I don't inhale from that 'stump of a pipe' I hold tight in my teeth and I'm afraid of flying ... ho, ho, ho."

GUILTY PLEASURE: "Cookies and milk every night. ... I laugh when I see them in spite of myself."

WHAT'S PLAYING ON YOUR TV: "It's a Wonderful Life" and anything with Claymation

WHAT'S PLAYING ON YOUR iPOD: "White Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby and "Silent Night" written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber

READING MATERIAL ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND: World Atlas, The Sun editorials and anything by Clement C. Moore

ON YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST: Diamond earrings for Mrs. Claus

FAVORITE SPOT IN THE WORLD: Your house on Christmas Eve

MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT: Let's just say that coming "down the chimney ... with a bound" can have consequences.

CELEBRITY PARTNER FOR A STINT ON "DANCING WITH THE STARS": "Virginia O'Hanlon. She is responsible for the letter to the New York Sun that resulted in the famous: 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' editorial."

WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN A MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE: "Haddon Sundblom, the artist who gave me my most popular look -- a jolly man of a certain age wearing a fuzzy red suit -- for a 1931 Coca-Cola ad. Before that, my image morphed from big to small to fat and then tall. At times I even looked a bit scary. My suit ranged from a bishop's robe to a Norse huntsman's animal skin."

BEST USE OF A $100 GIFT CARD: "A stop at Starbucks ... I need the caffeine."

PROUDEST MOMENT: "Anytime a child says, 'I believe.' "

ADVICE: "The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see."

GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR: "Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night."


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