Father Christmas, Great Britain
The precursor to modern Santa donned a green robe & spread joy instead of gifts. His rise in popularity was due in part to a Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Over time, Father Christmas nerged with modern Santa in dress & gift giving.
The Yule Lads, Iceland
The Yule lads gained popularity from the short poem “Christmas arrives” in 1932. And their portrayal ranges from kindly pranksters to menacing child thieves. The Lads are known to leave gifts in shoes for good children & potatoes for the bad.