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|Subject:||Santa's Ho ho ho|
|Question:||This actually comes with a theory, and I've never seen anyone else suggest it so I'll run it by you: I was watching a Finnish film in which a character said Merry Christmas, but in Finnish it was Hyvää Joulua, which actually sounds very similar to ho ho ho. Could the origin of Santa's famous laugh actually be a Finnish Santa wishing everyone a merry Christmas?|