Origin in Jewish folklore, is a female Yiddishkeit elf who visits children during the gift giving period of time around the Chanukah/ Hanukkah and Christmas Holidays. A term for a feminine secular Jewish Santa Claus-like character used to introduce humor and as an attempt to include all children in seasonal festivities. An American Jewish magical gift giving character. See Yenta for origins of the name in Yiddish and in contemporary culture.
"You'd better not kvetch, or eat chozzerai, You'd better not greps, I'm telling you why... Yenta Claus in coming to town!" Yenta Claus, A Hanukkah Carol, Author unknown