In 280 A.D. Patara, which is modern-day Turkey, is where the legend of Santa Claus started. This is when and where the real Saint Nicholas was born. His legendary propensity to give gifts secretly was the premise for our model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”) via Sinterklaas.
Traditions have developed and matured across cultures. One of these has been Santa’s List.
“The first mention of such a list occurs in the song, ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town.’ J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie wrote the fun Christmas song in 1934. The song included the lyrics, ‘He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice, He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.’”https://nationaldaycalendar.com/santas-list-day-december-4