Everyone has a favorite holiday character. Some people are traditional and love the joy exhibited by Santa Claus himself. Others appreciate the hardworking elves who assemble toys in Santa’s Workshop.
And, let’s face it, who doesn’t love Christmas Vacation’s Clark Griswold?
Fortunately, almost every beloved holiday character has realized the importance of a strong social media presence and has turned to Twitter to express their thoughts. We at the Daily Dot have found some of the best Twitter feeds out there so that you may keep up-to-date with everyone from Jolly Old St. Nick himself to certain members of his reindeer team to even the massive tree that is positioned in New York City’s Rockefeller Center.
Additionally, we've tagged each feed as "naughty” or "nice," so that you know which Twitter accounts are 100 percent safe for children and work viewing.
Santa Claus // 321,099 followers
Many Twitter accounts out there purport to be the “real” or “official” Santa Claus. With over 300,000 followers, @OfficialSanta leads the pack.
A very safe account for children and fans of Christmas, @OfficialSanta does not interact with followers, but will provide several heartwarming tweets each day, as well as a regularly-updated countdown to Christmas.
Kris Kringle // 28,222 followers
The most-followed of the “Bad Santa” bunch, Kris Kringle tweets humor in the form of one-liners. Unfortunately, he will not interact with followers.
SANTA CLAUS // 1,065 followers
The hungover, half-naked @Bad-Santa_Daily is another fan of crude humor. Unlike @Santa_St_Claus, he will retweet and interact with his followers. Additionally, he will follow people back, making sure to give them a filthy shout.
Angry Santa Elf // 1,619 followers
The hardworking, toy-making elves may generally appear as jolly as their red-suited boss.
One, however, stands out from the rest.
The Angry Santa Elf sends out regular tweets that are both bitter and hilarious. Most are related to the difficulty of toy-making, popular culture, and complaints about Jolly Old St. Nick.
The Elf on the Shelf // 22,334 followers
The account for @elfontheshelf is officially verified by Twitter as belonging to the newest holiday tradition, the Elf on the Shelf.
The Elf on the Shelf will tweet (presumably from his wooden perch somewhere in a festively-decorated household) about fun kids’ activities, comment on popular holidays like Halloween, Election Day, and Thanksgiving, and will interact with some of his followers.
The Elf on the Shelf also has quite the infatuation with Pinterest boards.
Santa’s Elf // 1,126 followers
Unlike his angrier counterpart @angrysantaelf, Santa’s Elf, using the handle @TheElfOfficial, possesses a far more pleasant demeanor. He takes his role as an elf seriously and makes the best out of his situation.
Santa’s Elf will occasionally retweet his boss, @OfficialSanta, and will also interact with his followers, doing everything from prepping them for the upcoming holiday season to even sending birthday greetings their way.
XmasElf // 10,684 followers
The account of @XmasElf follows the daily life of Toplius, a sweet 603-year-old elf who has been part of Santa’s woodshop for the past 401 years.
Toplius enjoys interacting with followers, mainly about their holiday displays and trees, and also likes to link to various products on Amazon as “things we are working on.”
Rudolph Reindeer // 2,121 followers
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer may be busy each Dec. 24 leading Santa’s sleigh, but the rest of the time, he is a frequent Twitter user.
Frequently using the hashtag #believethemagic, Rudolph tweets heartwarming holiday sentiments almost daily. He will also interact with his fans, offering compliments and other positive reinforcements.
We’re assuming that he uses his antlers.
Prancer the Reindeer // 411 followers
Rudolph may get all of the attention, but he is merely one reindeer out of nine.
Prancer divides his time between follower interaction and making light-hearted jokes about what he and other reindeer do in their spare time. Somewhat bitter, he appears to be a fan of leaving “reindeer shite” in the stockings of naughty people.
MISCELLANEOUS HOLIDAY PERSONALITIES
30 Rock XmasTree // 3,097 followers
Each year, New Yorkers and tourists find themselves in awe of the massive tree that graces Rockefeller Center in New York City. They are mesmerized by its beauty and thrilled by its size.
And that tree knows it.
30 Rock Xmas Tree tweets numerous musings on what it is like to be the “most famous and sexiest Christmas tree in the world.” It will frequently interact with its followers, if only to gloat on its awesomeness even further. It will also bicker publicly with @timessquareball, which tweets out the thoughts of the Waterford crystal ball that drops in Time Square each New Year’s.
Christmas Countdown // 162,827 followers
The Christmas Countdown claims to be the most popular of its kind on Twitter. Backing this claim up are over 150,000 followers.
There is more to @ChristmasCount than just updating how close the holiday is. The account will interact with certain followers, attempt to seal business deals with others, and pose trivia questions about holiday-related scenes from books, movies, and television.
Frosty the Snowman // 493 followers
Since the “Frosty the Snowman” character originated in a song, it makes sense that his Twitter feed largely contain links to favorite holiday music selections.
The majority of interaction between @frostysnowman25 and his followers comes in the form of daily song suggestions. When he is not taking requests for the song of the day, he will fill his feed with snow-related jokes and puns.
The Grinch // 8,995 followers
Not since Ebenezer Scrooge has the literary world been rocked by such a Christmas-despising creature.
His heart long shrunk back from that one fateful Christmas in Whoville, the green-furred Dr. Seuss character bludgeons his followers with funny yet wholly crass tweets. It would seem that years upon years of living atop a desolate mountain have turned the character into a foul-mouth, sex-obsessed vermin who might be out to ruin all holidays, not just Christmas.
Jesus Christ // 490,118 followers
Where would Christmas be without its cornerstone?
According to the Christian faith, Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary on Dec. 25 and is the absolute reason for Christmas. He returned to Heaven after his death and resurrection, promising to come back to Earth to judge Mankind.
Well, folks, now he is back and he is angry. No longer a gentle Messiah, @Jesus_M_Christ regularly expresses anger and disgust toward the actions of Man and God alike. He will not interact with his tens of thousands of fans, likely out of bitterness.
Mrs Claus // 840 followers
What is life like as Santa’s wife? @Claus_Mrs has the answers to that.
In her Twitter feed and blog, Mrs. Claus details her role as her famous husband’s homemaker. A fan of the hashtag #Giggles, Mrs. Claus will busy her days in the North Pole by interacting with followers, tweeting at Santa and other holiday characters, and even commenting on popular memes.
BuddyTheElf // 41,956 followers
While Will Ferrell himself does not control the tweets of @ItsMeBuddyThElf, the overjoyed spirit he exhibited when playing the title character in the comedy film Elf is nevertheless present.
BuddyTheElf has spent not only October and November filling his followers’ timelines with holiday cheer, but has kept it going all year long. In April, he tweeted “Hoppy Easter!” in the same relentlessly cheerful tone that ultimately warmed the heart of his biological father.
Always exhibiting his trademark friendliness, BuddyTheElf will retweet his followers and other holiday personalities while also linking to several Pinterest sites and promoting his Facebook fan page.
Clark Griswold // 5,734 followers
In 1989, it was made official: joining the colorful cast of characters like Santa, Rudolph, and the elves was none other than... Chevy Chase.
Chase’s Clark Griswold character, a dimwitted suburban family man with a flair for angry outbursts and sarcasm, was immortalized as a holiday staple in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The movie was the third entry in the National Lampoon’s Vacation film series and easily matched, if not topped, the popularity of the debut effort.
As his “perfect family Christmas” crumbles down around him under the weight of bickering in-laws and alcoholic Cousin Eddie, Clark Griswold has now turned to Twitter to unleash his thoughts.
While the remainder of the year finds him quoting from the other entries in the “Vacation” franchise, @_Griswold will spend the entireties of November and December rehashing lines from the beloved addition to holiday cinema. Fan interaction is almost non-existent, but retweets mentioning him or any given Vacation movie are common.
It should be noted that Chevy Chase himself does not tweet from this account.
Jack Skellington // 1,046 followers
The star of Tim Burton’s popular 1993 tale The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington is exceptionally happy during the span of time that bridges his two favorite holidays: Halloween and Christmas.
Skellington comments on various holidays and world events, including Election Day and Hurricane Sandy. He will occasionally retweet a few of his followers but mainly keeps a close eye on the countdown to Christmas.
Photo via Kris Kringle/Twitter