Ho ho ho

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For other uses, see Ho ho ho (disambiguation).

"Ho ho ho" is a textual rendition of a particular type of deep-throated laughter/laugh or chuckle, most associated with Santa Claus.

The laughter of Santa Claus has long been an important attribute by which the character is identified, but it also does not appear in many non-English-speaking countries. The traditional Christmas poem A Visit from St. Nicholas relates that Santa has:

. . . a little round belly
That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly

Popular Culture[edit]

As a Canadian Postal Code[edit]

Canada Post uses the characters HO HO HO as the postal code for letters to be sent to Santa Claus.[1]

The full address is:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE  H0H 0H0
CANADA

In French, Santa's name translates as "Father Christmas", addressed as:

PÈRE NOËL
PÔLE NORD  H0H 0H0
CANADA

Since the postal code system has 'H0' set up to represent a tiny or rural village ('0') inside of the city of Montreal or Laval ('H'), H0 codes are quite rare and a seasonal allocation of H0H does not conflict with any other normal postal codes.

Characters associated with this laugh[edit]

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