Santa Claus is real

You may think of Santa as living at the North Pole. But this Santa Claus lives in the USA. Is he real? Watch the video to find out!

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Transcript

Presenter: We're driving out to Long Island today because we've found out there's a man out there who legally changed his name to Santa Claus. So, yeah. We're gonna go interview Santa. It turns out this Santa's not so traditional.

Santa: I drive a black Dodge pickup truck. With vanity plates. Oh, yes, I have vanity plates. It says 'SANTASLA' [Santa's sleigh].

Presenter: Before he was Santa, he was Frank.

Santa: I was born in Brooklyn but we lived here on Long Island. I've been married 23 years now.

Presenter: So, how do you tell your wife that you're changing your name to Santa Claus?

Santa: She said, 'As long as I don't have to change my name, go right ahead.'

Presenter: Santa has been Santa for almost two decades and he's good at it.

Santa: I'm probably on – and this is not an exaggeration – thousands of refrigerators.

Presenter: He's got the laugh ... 

Santa: Ho, ho, ho, ho. Ho, ho, ho, ho. You know, that's my Santa laugh. 

Presenter: ... the suit ...

Santa: I designed my suit.

Presenter: But here are some other things about Santa that might surprise you.

Santa: I have three tattoos on me, of me. I'm very into zombies. I love barbecuing. I have a smoker. It can fit 150 pounds of meat in it.

Presenter: He’s got this tiki hut, an above-ground saltwater pool in his backyard.

Santa: Yes, I'm that extreme when it comes to my idea of relaxation.

Presenter: So there's a little Frank left in there, but no question: he's fully committed to being Santa.

Santa: I want to look like the poem says. 'I'm the most loved person on the planet.'

Presenter: We totally met Santa.

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Submitted by andrescordobavallejo on Wed, 24/02/2021 - 21:22

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I think everyone enjoys life being the way they want to be, in this case, this gay is very funny and his commitment to his character is very interesting and unique.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Tue, 13/10/2020 - 13:20

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I hope that Santa coming at home that Christmas Eve, I was good girl, I waiting gifts... Really, he looking like a Santa Claus in my thoughts and in my childhood, only his tatoo of him... Never, I don`t want to change my name... I wish good luck of Santa Claus :)

Submitted by willis on Fri, 22/05/2020 - 00:05

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I think it is a poor story...but I want not to be rude. Moreover I don't know what a smoker bbq has to do with a good Santa Klaus.

Submitted by OlaIELTS on Thu, 23/04/2020 - 20:50

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I think Santa Claus is really a man of purpose with a charisma. No, I wouldn't.

Submitted by MdRm on Tue, 08/01/2019 - 02:19

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He is not an average person definetly but it seems he is nice. No i'd never change my name.

Submitted by San Lwin Aung on Sun, 06/01/2019 - 14:10

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the most loved person on the planet is Santa Claus. He will be Loved by people. His time will come. I don't wanna change my name. My English name is Paul.

Submitted by Payos on Mon, 31/12/2018 - 08:32

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I like this British learning site alot because it actually helping me to improve my English as I am not a native speaker of English language. But in my country English is an official languages that we used in office and schools in all the States. Thank you alot for giving us opportunity to participate in the online learning forum

Submitted by Payos on Mon, 31/12/2018 - 08:24

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Actually, Santa Claus is a very good Man. He always want to make children and adults Happy by giving gifts to them. On Christmas day I watched a film of Santa Claus flying high in the sky in the mid night trying to distribute gifts to so many people across so many states in the united States of America before sun set during the Christmas day. The film was very interesting and I love to watch the film again.

Submitted by Kovalia on Fri, 21/12/2018 - 16:34

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I think this Santa Claus is a cool man. I completely approve his choice of being the most favourite person in the world because he is happy and because he makes happy other people. I don't think I ever change my name because I don't need it.
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