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Entry from December 23, 2019
“What nationality is Santa Claus?"/"North Polish.”

Santa Claus is said to live in the North Pole, and there are at least two riddles about it. A language riddle is from 1938:

Q: What language does Santa Claus speak?
A: North Polish.


A nationality is from 1954:

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus?
A: North Polish.



Newspapers.com
16 December 1938, Bloomfield (MO) Indicator, “Mrs. Solomon Says,” pg. 7, cols. 3-4:
Query: What language does Santa speak?
Answer: Polish—North Polish!

Newspapers.com
21 December 1938, Red Deer (Alberta) Advocate, “Mrs. Solomon Says,” pg. 4, col. 4:
Query: What language does Santa speak?
Answer: Polish, North Polish.

Newspapers.com
8 December 1954, Courier-Post (Camden, NJ), “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 33, col. 5:
From the old home town: “People tell their children Santa Claus has no nationality, but research proves his parents were North Polish.”—J. D., Defiance (O.) Crescent-News.

13 February 1969, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Herb Caen column, second sec., pg. 25, col. 1: 
I actually saw a grown man writing a graffito! Sam was Harry Jupiter, patiently scrawling on the Templebar’s menzroom wall: “Santa Claus is North Polish.”

Newspapers.com
28 December 1969, San Francisco (CA) Chronicle, Herb Caen column, Sunday Punch sec., pg. 1, col. 1:
Happiness is a third martini on an empty stomach, “Santa Claus is North Polish” and “Mother Goose Is a Honky.”

Google Books
September 1971, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 90, col. 1: 
Comet: What nationality is Santa Claus?
Cupid: North Polish.—Steve Hatter, Western Springs, Ill.

25 September 1971, Los Angeles (CA) , Farmer’s Market, pt. 1, pg. 2, col. 2:
SOMEBODY wanted to know Santa Claus’ nationality. That’s easy—he’s North Polish.

Newspapers.com
26 December 1971, Pittsburgh (PA) Press, “Gilbert Love’s Notebook,” pg. C-1, col. 2:
Speaking of foreigners, do you know Santa Claus’ ethnic background?

It’s North Polish, naturally.

Google Groups: rec.humor
‘TIS THE SEASON
Nancy Carson
12/9/95
(...)
What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish!

Google Groups: alt.abuse.recovery
Santa snickers
wesol...@freewwweb.com
12/25/99
In article <1999122402...@asarian-host.org>, rosee wrote:
> What nationality is Santa Claus?
> North Polish.

North Polish my ass ... more like North Newfoundish.

Google Books
Jokes, Riddles and Wisdom:
The Best Collection Ever

By Roger Kuder
Lincoln, NE: toExcel Press (iUniverse.com, Inc.)
2000
Pg. 56:
Q: What language does Santa speak?
A: North Polish!

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
“Puns of the Weak” 12/22/00
Stan Kegel
12/23/00
(...)
Santa’s primary language in North Polish.  (Richard Lederer)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Puns of the Weak: 12/21/01
Stan Kegel
12/21/01
(...)
What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish.  (Hirsch and McNair)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 12-14-04
Stan Kegel
12/14/04
(...)
What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish (Maurizio Mariotti)

Google Groups: alt.humor.puns
Kids Puns of the Weak 12-21-04
Stan Kegel
12/21/04
(...)
What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish (Daily Groaner)

Twitter
musecrossing
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What language does Santa Claus speak?North Polish.
8:16 AM · Dec 13, 2008·Twitter Web Client

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What nationality is Santa Claus? North Polish
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What nationality is Santa Claus? North Polish. #ClassicHolidayJokeWednesday
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Reddit—Dadjokes
Posted by u/linkhandford December 23, 2019
What nationality is Santa Claus?
North Polish
COMMENTS
jillwoa
Hes Canadian! Look at his postal code!
H0H 0H0.

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