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Well, if you catch him, that's a very awkward moment. Because you can only catch him while he is putting presents under your Christmas tree. A new bike perhaps...
After a moment of confusion you'll hear these three words, nothing else, and then he will disappear.
And these 3 words are......
Why ho-ho-ho? What does it even mean? And where does it come from? Is he laughing?
Here are 5 Ho-Ho-Ho facts you have to know this Christmas:
Just a way of expressing his happiness and joy.
Let's see how it would sound if he laughed differently:
But there is a deeper meaning to Ho-Ho-Ho. Literally deeper.
It's a deep chuckling sound that comes from the belly. And Santa is a guy with a large belly, so this was considered the most appropriate jolly laughter onomatopoeia (which is a name for words that sound like the thing they mean) to choose for him.
Really, Santa Claus is just a jolly old guy :)
The full address is:
In French, Santa's name translates to Father Christmas, addressed as:
Since the postal code system has 'H0' set up to represent a tiny or rural village ('0') inside of the city of Montreal or Laval ('H'), H0 codes are quite rare, and a seasonal allocation of H0H does not conflict with any other normal postal codes.
Because saying "ho-ho-ho" could frighten children and could even be derogatory to women. Really, Australia, really? And we just established that saying "ha ha ha" would sound like he is laughing AT you.
Nope, we don't want that. Dear Australia, "ho ho ho" is fine.
Jolly Green Giant
The Green Giant character comes from Grimm’s Fairy Tales. His first advertising appearance was in 1928, and he looked like a cave man carrying a very large pea pod.
Jabba the Hutt
This character appears in George Lucas's space opera film saga Star Wars. This large, slug-like alien is the head of the largest criminal empire on the planet of Tatooine – not a nice guy at all. A famous bad guy in the Star Wars universe, actually.
The rather jolly sovereign ruler of Hyrule, is the father of Princess Zelda. If you are a Zelda geek, you'll remember him from the early animated series and comics, as well as the Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon video games. If you're not a Zelda geek – well, now you know a bit about her father.
I hope you hear Santa saying Ho-Ho-Ho this Christmas :) And if you are lucky, maybe your new bike will be wrapped in a Velosock.
But at the end of the day all that matters is the good old Christmas spirit of love, generosity and kindness. The spirit of giving without thinking about getting. Happiness in seeing joy in people.