How “The Night Before Christmas” Arrived in The Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel On December 23, 1823 In 1821, a printer and bookseller named William B. Gilley and an illustrator named Arthur Stansbury published an eight-page booklet titled The Children’s Friend: A New-Year’s Present to the Little Ones from Five to Twelve.
Adventures of Santa Claus: published by L. Frank Baum
A portrait of Santa drawn by Thomas Nast
Beginning in the 1860s, Santa Claus began to be used in advertising
Illustration from Prang’s “Visit” shows the size of Santa relative to the stockings and chair next to him
Fisher and Brother’s version of “Visit”