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Celebrate Santa’s List Day – Find Out Who Is On The Nice List This Year…

It’s time to celebrate Santa’s List Day! As the weather is getting cooler and Christmas is getting closer, Santa is writing a list and deciding who is naughty and who is nice.

He writes his list on December 4, and there is no better time than the present to learn more about this special day!

It’s a great time to reflect on the year, spread love and kindness to those around you, and work on your own holiday gift lists for the special people in your life.

Keep reading to learn some fun facts about Santa, who is on the nice list, and ways to celebrate Santa’s List Day!

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What is Santa’s List Day?

Santa’s list day is a day that falls annually on December 4. This is the day that Santa starts making his naughty and nice lists (with some input from his elves)!

He has to start writing his list early, because there are so many children all over the world, and he has to pick which list every child will be on!

A rosy cheeked blue eyed Santa holding up his list for Santa's List Day.

You may be thinking that December 4th falls well before Christmas, and that there’s still lots of time to be naught or nice between then and the holiday. You are correct!

Santa takes into account all behavior, even after he writes his lists. It’s always a good rule of thumb to be nice all year long!

Fun facts about Santa

Brush up on your knowledge of jolly old Saint Nicholas with these Santa facts.

Santa sitting in a chair next to a tree and a sack of presents reading a parchment scroll with facts about Santa on it.

  • Santa lives in the North Pole, and you can send him a handwritten letter each year letting him know what’s on your Christmas list! Get Santa’s address here, and drop your letter in the mailbox!
  • Santa is really high tech now. If you prefer phone calls over handwriting letters, dial the official Santa phone number you can hear a message from him!
  • He has nine reindeer – Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph! 
  • Santa’s favorite color is red, like his suit. His second favorite color is green. It’s no surprise his favorite colors are festive!
  • His sleigh is the fastest vehicle ever made. It can go all over the world in one night!


What are Santa’s two lists?

Santa has two lists, one is the called the naughty list and the other is the nice list. 

An image of neon signs representing Santa's two lists, the neon sign on the left says Naughty and the one on the right says Nice.

Some people wonder why Santa has two lists, instead of keeping just one nice list, and knowing the rest of the kids are on the naughty list (or vise versa).

The answer is simple! Everyone makes mistakes (even Santa!), so having two lists helps him with data verification to make sure no one gets overlooked.

He compares the two lists, and checks them twice, to ensure that everyone is included on a list – either naughty or nice!

How long is Santa’s list, and who is on the nice list?

Santa’s list is 175 pages! He has a very long list because every boy and girl are on it. If you’re wondering if you’re on the naughty or nice list, you’re in luck – you can find out right now!

A clipart smiling Santa reading his naughty and nice list with text on the image that reads "have you been naughty or nice?".

The Department of Christmas Affairs, located in the North Pole, has released the naughty and nice list for this year – check it out here.

There are over 29,000 names on the list. It’s in alphabetical order (first names only). If you check the list and your name isn’t there, don’t panic! You can submit a name for Santa to review!

How do you get on the nice list for Santa?

If you found yourself on the naughty list, there’s still time to change your status! You can submit an application for review to change your name from naughty to nice.

Santa pointing to the nice list holding a present that is spilling out of a sack of presents on a table.

The best way to get on the nice list is to be kind, respectful, and embrace the holiday spirit! It’s always good to spread Christmas cheer wherever you go, and hold the spirit of Christmas in your heart all year long.

Let us know in the comments below if you’re on the naughty or nice list. 

Why does Santa give coal?

Throughout history, if you were on the naughty list, it was customary to find a lump of coal in your stocking!

A stocking filled with coal, and a hand reaching to put another piece of coal on top.

Santa did this because in the 19th and 20th centuries, many of the fireplaces he would shimmy down to enter homes were heated by coal.

While he was giving the children on the nice list presents, he would pick up lumps of coal from the fireplace to put in the naughty stockings.

How do you celebrate Santa’s List Day?

There are lots of ways to celebrate Santa’s List Day. Here are a few creative ideas to help honor this day.

A clipart Santa jumping over a long list surrounded by the words "nice" and "naughty" and as the list extends past the frame of the image it begs the question "how long is Santa's list?".

  • Get ready for Santa’s visit by making him cookies! Try one of our recipes for gingerbread cookies, twisted candy cane cookies, or even one of our many shortbread cookie recipes.
  • Don’t forget about Santa’s reindeer! While they always like carrots, you could make them some magic reindeer food bags this year. They’re easy and fun to make.
  • Do something kind for a stranger, a friend, or family member today. It’s always great to spread Christmas cheer.
  • Try making a craft that looks like Santa, he would be flattered! Try one of our DIY tutorials for a lightbulb Santa ornament or a reclaimed wood Santa Claus wall hanging.
  • If you live in Tennessee, check out the Incredible Christmas Palace. It’s a stunning Christmas gift shop in Pigeon Forge.
  • Look at an impressive Santa Claus collection. There’s tons of collectors all over the world that have stunning decorations.
  • Use the hashtag #SantasListDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
December 4 is Santa's List Day! Head to Always the Holidays to find out who is on the nice list, and how to celebrate the day! 🎅 🎄 #SantasList #TheNiceList Click To Tweet

What is a national day?

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out our national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

There are almost 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in December.

To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in December, as well as the December printable calendar of national days.

A clip art calendar with a person circling a date on the calendar of a national day.

Be sure to also check out these other national days in December:

More December 4 national days

Did you enjoy learning about Santa’s List Day? Well you’re in luck, December 4 is host to more than just one national day! 

Wooden blocks that read "December 4" on a table next to various Christmas trinket decorations and a poinsettia plant in a jug.

Here is a complete list of all the December 4 national days:

  • Santa’s List Day
  • National Cookie Day
  • National Dice Day
  • Cabernet Franc Day
  • Wear Brown Shoes Day
  • Wildlife Conservation Day
  • Extraordinary Work Team Recognition Day
  • International Cheetah Day
  • National Sock Day 

Pin this post on Santa’s List Day for later

Would you like a reminder of this post for Santa’s List Day? Just pin this image to one of your Christmas boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

You can also watch our Christmas quotes video on YouTube.

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics.  Find out more about Jess here.

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