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A depiction of SCP-XXXX from a Victorian era Christmas card.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Archon1

Special Containment Procedures: The relationship between the SCP Foundation and SCP-XXXX is codified in the Silent Night Agreement. To summarize:

  • Neither SCP-XXXX nor its employees will produce SCP-XXXX-2 instances that possess anomalous properties beyond the perceptual properties standard to all SCP-XXXX-2 instances.
  • SCP-XXXX will take all reasonable measures to avoid being detected by civilians during Noel Events.
  • SCP-XXXX will submit to and cooperate with searches of SCP-XXXX-1 to ensure that no additional access points between SCP-XXXX-1 and baseline reality have been made without Foundation approval.
  • SCP-XXXX will inform the Foundation whenever it leaves SCP-XXXX-1.

In exchange for complying with it's part of the agreement, SCP-XXXX receives the following commitments from the Foundation:

  • The Foundation will not attempt to prevent or otherwise inhibit Noel Events from occurring.
  • The Foundation will not attempt to contain SCP-XXXX-2 instances.
  • The Foundation's inspections of SCP-XXXX-1 will be performed in such a way as to minimize disruption to the operations of SCP-XXXX and its employees.
  • The Foundation will take action to prevent SCP-XXXX and its operations from being discovered by groups which might cause harm to SCP-XXXX.
  • In the event of hostile action against SCP-XXXX and its operations, the Foundation will use military force in SCP-XXXX's defense.

The Silent Night agreement can be re-negotiated every six months, if either party is unsatisfied with it. In the event that the current SCP-XXXX dies or retires and a new individual becomes SCP-XXXX, the Silent Night Agreement transfers to that individual, but that individual has the right to call for a renegotiation of the agreement as soon as they become SCP-XXXX, regardless of the time passed since the last renegotiation.

Description: SCP-XXXX is the entity commonly known as Santa Claus. It's appearance is consistent with popular conceptions of Santa Claus, being a rotund, elderly, bearded, caucasian male with white hair. It's mannerisms and demeanor are similarly consistent as well. SCP-XXXX has extensive expertise in thaumaturgy. SCP-XXXX is also a low level reality bender, whose capabilities are restricted to only producing effects related to concepts, objects, and motifs that are widely associated with Christmas or the holiday season generally. SCP-XXXX possesses a degree of omniscience with respect to the actions of sapient entities on Earth. It claims that it does not have immediate access to all of this information simultaneously, and must mentally search for information it wants. Further, it claims that information becomes more difficult to access the less relevant the information is to evaluating a person's overall moral character or the holiday season generally. The Foundation has found no evidence in interactions with SCP-XXXX which would cast doubt on these claims.

SCP-XXXX primarily lives in and operates out of an extra-dimensional space, designated SCP-XXXX-1. SCP-XXXX-1 is accessible through two portals in baseline reality. One is in Lapland, near the border between Finland and Norway. The other is 79 meters away from the geographic North Pole. These portals possess a perceptual property that renders them unnoticeable unless one is already aware of them or within about nine meters of them.
The interior of SCP-XXXX-1 is a 3.36 hectare (8.3 acre) circular clearing in a forest, and is in an apparent state of perpetual winter. In this clearing, are multiple buildings, including stables, residential areas, and a large workshop. The forest surrounding SCP-XXXX-1 is comprised of various species of conifer trees, all of which are decorated in the manner of Christmas trees. Attempting to walk through the forest results in one emerging from the opposite side of SCP-XXXX-1.

The workshop within SCP-XXXX-1 is used for the production of gifts, designated SCP-XXXX-2. SCP-XXXX-2 instances are usually toys or games, however other gifts, including but not limited to clothing, electronics, tools, books, gift cards, and, very rarely, weapons2, have been documented. SCP-XXXX-2 instances possess a self-rationalizing perceptual anomaly: individuals will either form false memories to justify or simply not recognize any logical inconsistencies regarding how the SCP-XXXX-2 instance was acquired. The most common expression of this anomaly is when a child is given an instance during a Noel event. The child's parents or guardians will form a false memory of acquiring the gift themselves. In cases where the guardians are very neglectful, abusive, or impoverished, neither the guardians or the child will consider that the gift-giving might be implausible for the guardian. In many cases an abusive or negligent guardian will not even notice the instance.

SCP-XXXX employs a large contingent of faeries to assist it in the production of SCP-XXXX-2 instances. A wide variety of fae species are employed, with a slight majority of Germanic wood elves3. It is known that SCP-XXXX-1 contains several thaumaturgical ways to various fae enclaves. The Foundation is not permitted to know the locations of these ways due to treaties between the Foundation and the fae territories in question.

SCP-XXXX owns a population of 21 anomalous reindeer (Rangifer tarandus), designated SCP-XXXX-3. SCP-XXXX-3 instances are capable of self-levitation and are significantly more intelligent than baseline reindeer, being well-trained and highly responsive to commands. Instances are physiologically indistinguishable from baseline reindeer4. The offspring of an SCP-XXXX-3 instance and a non-anomalous reindeer is always an SCP-XXXX-3 instance, a trait SCP-XXXX employs to maintain healthy genetic diversity in its herd.

On December 24 of each year, SCP-XXXX performs a Noel Event. SCP-XXXX's reality bending capabilities grow in strength over the course of roughly two months leading up to December 24, though they are still restricted to producing holiday related effects. By the time of the Noel event, it's powerful enough to grant itself the ability to pass through solid matter, become invisible, conceal the sound of its own movement, and be present in multiple locations simultaneously. It employs these abilities to travel around the planet and deliver SCP-XXXX-2 instances to, so far as can be determined, every child on Earth aged 12 or younger. Each child receives a single SCP-XXXX-2 instance which was specifically created based on that child's interests, desires, and needs. SCP-XXXX-2 instances are given to some individuals in the 13-17 age range, if SCP-XXXX conceives of a gift idea that it thinks would be particularly beneficial to the individual.

SCP-XXXX, and in particular its ability to perform Noel events, are closely connected to the conceptual basis of Christmas. If SCP-XXXX were unable to perform annual Noel events, the concept of Christmas would be greatly diminished both in metaphysical space5 and in the human noosphere6. The result of these changes would be a dramatic decrease in worldwide societal interest in Christmas, as well as other winter holidays that are often associated with Christmas, such as Hannukah and Kwanzaa. Further, there most likely would be a smaller but noticeable degradation of concepts closely associated with Christmas, such as gift-giving, meeting with family and friends, goodwill towards others, and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Discovery: When SCP-239 was introduced to the concept of Santa Claus against protocol, there was an immediate concern that it may have used its reality bending abilities to actualize Santa Claus. This concern was justified when a Santa-like entity which evaded initial containment efforts appeared near Site-17. However, it was determined that this entity was only a non-sapient, transient manifestation of SCP-239's abilities, and only existed as long as SCP-239 was actively considering the idea of Santa Claus. As SCP-239 was put in an induced coma before the next Christmas season, this entity is no longer a concern. However, a plan to locate and contain Santa Claus or an entity akin to Santa Claus was drafted before this was determined. The plan went unused until 11/14/79, when O5-12 argued that Santa Claus existing was a possibility that the Foundation should take seriously. Her proposal to carry out the plan was approved, leading to the discovery of SCP-XXXX on 11/26/79. SCP-XXXX anticipated the Foundation's arrival, and had created numerous thaumaturgic wards protecting SCP-XXXX-1. A team of Foundation thaumatologists was brought in to dispel the wards, but SCP-XXXX was able to quickly create new wards to replace those the thaumatologists dismantled. This led to an eight day long siege of SCP-XXXX-1, during which the Foundation and SCP-XXXX communicated through video broadcasts. Foundation attempts to convince SCP-XXXX to surrender itself to containment were unsuccessful. On the ninth day, SCP-XXXX initiated the following broadcast.

At this time, O5-12, observing the situation remotely, vanished as well. She reappeared 6 minutes later, holding a VHS tape. She claimed to have been taken on a journey by SCP-XXXX, and that the tape was a recording of the journey. The following is a transcript of the tape's contents.

Following the review of the tape, the O5 council and SCP-XXXX negotiated the Silent Night Agreement.

Addendum - Recent Update on the Status of SCP-XXXX: After several months of increasingly severe symptoms, SCP-XXXX became bedridden due to complications of old age. Several fae and Foundation medical professionals had been providing palliative care to SCP-XXXX. On 11/16/18, SCP-XXXX was seen to begin emitting white light, before appearing to transform into an elderly woman of Moroccan descent, who fell unconscious and expired 14 minutes later. Her last words were reportedly "Wow, what a great choice."
6 minutes later, SCP-3355, a sapient computer program who attempts to deliver Christmas presents to disadvantaged children in the Chicago area in spite of its computer's extremely limited active memory, appeared to cease all activity. Several individuals in SCP-XXXX's employ were seen carrying electronics obtained through unclear means, including parts consistent with the construction of androids and a CPU with a Random Access Memory estimated to be in excess of 200 TB. The Foundation received the following message through the direct line used by SCP-XXXX:

This is the best damn thing that's ever happened to anyone.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

Updates will be provided as the situation develops.