Mister Smarty Pants Knows
Some of Santa Claus' traditions, such as the sleigh, flying reindeer, and roof- top visits, were the result of a N.Y.C. physician, Dr. Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote "A Visit From St. Nick" for his daughter.
Hannukah was first instituted in 165 B.C. by Judah the Maccabee.
There is no place in the U.S. named "Prancer." However, there are places named Dasher, Vixen, Comet, Cupid Lake, Donner und Blitzen River, Rudolph, and Santa Claus.
Kwanzaa, a holiday observed by some African-Amercians, was begun in 1966 by Dr. M. Ron Karenga, a Los Angeles civil rights activist.
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