Father Christmas



Examples of Father Christmas in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Celebrants eagerly wait for the arrival of Santa Claus — also known as Saint Nicholas, Kriss Kringle, Father Christmas, simply Santa, or, in my fevered brain, The Abdominal Snowman. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Dec. 2022 The Queen Consort hosted 11 children and their families and carers for some festive cheer complete with Father Christmas, reindeer, and even a royal equerry on hand to help decorate the tree with his sword. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 7 Dec. 2022 Charles gives Father Christmas a firm handshake during his 2017 visit to Cardiff, Wales. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022 On Sunday afternoons through Dec. 18, Father Christmas will visit the historic Pabst Mansion, where families can visit him while admiring the many rooms' holiday decorations. Amy Schwabe, Journal Sentinel, 5 Dec. 2022 How about waking to find rotten potatoes left in your shoes by a mischievous Father Christmas? Caleigh Alleyne, Country Living, 28 Nov. 2022 In this 1995 jingle, Carson imagines a situation in which a cowboy encounters Santa Claus as Father Christmas attempts to cross through Texas prairie land. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Dec. 2021 The far-reaching Santa shortage has also impacted Fort Worth, Texas, where non-profit employee Courtney Bryant was tasked with booking Father Christmas for her office holiday party. Tristan Balagtas, PEOPLE.com, 29 Nov. 2021 What are a group of Smithies doing in a war zone dressed up as Father Christmas? Denise Davidson Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Father Christmas was in 1646

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“Father Christmas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Father%20Christmas. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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