Night Before Christmas 2021

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.

Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers

Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers Santa Figures Based on German Gift-Givers (i.e., Pelznickel, Christkindle) in North America (1840s to 1890s) No Results Found The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to...

Oddball Santas Developed in America During Nineteenth Century

Oddball Santas Developed in America During Nineteenth Century Canadian Santa without beard: Canadian Illustrated News, cover, December 1885 One of the few versions of Santa that does not have a beard read more Santa Claus by George Beard 1872 A well-intentioned effort...

How the American Santa Claus Evolved from Its European Ancestors

How the American Santa Claus Evolved from Its European Ancestors Kriss Kringle: The Night Before Kris Kringle’s Visit, 1858 A sequel of sorts to Kriss Kringle’s Christmas Tree. read more Kriss Kringle: Kriss Kringle’s Raree Show, 1847 Illustration from Kriss Kringle’s...

Gift Givers in the Rest of Europe

Gift Givers in the Rest of Europe Jultomten with Julbok circa 1880 Painting by Jenny Nystrom read more Joelkabouter with Sled and Julbok circa 1880 Painting showing a Joelkabouter read more Julnisse with Porridge circa 1880 read...

Epiphany Gift-Givers in the Southern Europe

Epiphany Gift-Givers in the Southern Europe Ded Moroz: Grandfather Frost and Snegurochka: Snow Maiden Ded Moroz looks a great deal like Santa Claus but he is secular figure who leads the winter festivities of Russia and other eastern European nations. read more Tió de...

The English Father Christmas

The English Father Christmas Old Father Christmas 1867 Old Father Christmas: Godey’s Lady’s Book, December 1867 read more Father Christmas 1847 Father Christmas by Kenny Meadows, Illustrated London News, December 25, 1847 read more Father Christmas with Yule Log 1844...