A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

SANTA

Mon, 22 Aug '22
Christmas list keeper
Wed, 15 Jun '22
Ed Asner role in 2003's "Elf"
Sat, 28 May '22
Secret ___
Fri, 11 Feb '22
Certain list recipient
Sun, 24 Oct '21
Who actually lives in Lapland, some say
Tue, 18 May '21
Seasonal delivery driver?
Mon, 29 Mar '21
One who laughs "Ho, ho, ho!"