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๐ŸŽ… Santa Claus emoji

or Santa emoji or Father Christmas emoji [ san-tuh-klawz ih-moh-jee ]

The Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย portrays the face of Santa Claus, the legendary Christmas figure. It is commonly used to refer to Santa Claus specifically, or Christmas and the Christmas holiday season. As youโ€™d expect, the usage of the Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย increases significantly leading up to Christmas on December 25.

If you’re preparing for a visit from the jolly one, check out why we call him “Santa” and his many other names around the world.

Related words

๐Ÿคถ Mrs. Claus emoji, ๐ŸŽ„ Christmas Tree emoji, reindeer games, ๐ŸŽ Wrapped Present emoji, ๐ŸŒŸ Glowing Star emoji, โ€™tis the season, happy holidays

Where does ๐ŸŽ… Santa Claus emoji come from?

The Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…, also popularly called Santa emoji or Father Christmas emoji, was approved under Unicode 6.0 in 2010 as Father Christmas. On most major platforms, the emoji depicts the head of Santa Claus as he is most often pictured: a jolly old man with a long beard and red fur hat with a white pom-pom. The Apple version oddly depicts Santa with a blonde beard. Santaโ€™s shoulders are visible on the Google version. Santaโ€™s eyes are closed in the Samsung and Facebook versions of the emoji, and the Samsung version uniquely depicts Santa happily laughing (likely with a โ€œHo, ho, ho!โ€) The Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย depicts Santa with the same yellow skin as other people emoji, but can be customized with several different skin tones.

As an extremely famous symbol of the incredibly popular holiday of Christmas, Santa Claus is well known both on social media and everywhere else. For this reason, the Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย can be used to refer to Santa and/or Christmas even if neither are specifically mentioned. The Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย is often used alongside other Christmas-themed emoji such as the Christmas Tree emoji ๐ŸŽ„ย and the Wrapped Present emoji ๐ŸŽ.

While Santa Claus and Father Christmas are sometimes said to be different people, the Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย is commonly used to refer to both of them.

Examples of ๐ŸŽ… Santa Claus emoji

Iโ€™m in line to see Santa, so this is a great day. ๐ŸŽ…
@SteelersFanTN, November 21, 2021
Merry Christmas & goodwill to all!! โ›„ ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ ๐ŸŽ… ๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ˜€
@elonmusk, December 25, 2018

Who uses ๐ŸŽ… Santa Claus emoji?

The Santa Claus emoji ๐ŸŽ…ย is used to refer to Santa Claus and/or Christmas.


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